Feeling the car drain on your wallet? You aren’t the only one. Time.com recently featured an article that stated, “Owning and operating a vehicle also accounts for the second-largest household expense, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; continuing upkeep costs roughly $8,700 a year, according to AAA’s Your Driving Costs study. That breaks down to $725 a month and 58 cents, on average, for each mile driven.”
Interested in learning how to reduce costs for car maintenance and how to maintain cars during different seasons? Read on.
A new car loses about 25 percent of its value after you drive it off the lot. It is that depreciation that is the most expensive thing about car ownership. “The average American driver loses twice as much a year in the value of their car as they spend on fuel,” according to Michael Calkins, manager of technical services at AAA.
So can you avoid it? Can you avoid it? Here are some tips on how to trip your depreciation losses:
When it comes to maintaining your car, choose a service provider you can trust. Set reminders on your phone to help you keep the regular car maintenance your vehicle requires. (Your car’s owner’s manual can help you with this.) Other tips, change your oil ONLY as often as required. Stay on top of tire rotations and the replacement of air filters. Taking good care of your vehicle will keep more money in your pocket. Scott’s Fort Collins Auto can help you stay on top of your car’s maintenance needs with our customized service options and schedules.
At Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair, we won’t talk over your head when you come in for a car repair or maintenance. We make sure you understand the problem, whether it’s important to fix, and what the price will be before we begin so there are no surprises. Call us at (970) 682-4202 to schedule an appointment!