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by Benjamin Ard on Feb 10, 2014

                       

When it comes down to it, owning a car can be extremely expensive, and it is much more than merely the upfront costs.  Car ownership requires costs from the initial purchase price through gas tank fillings and regular maintenance—not to mention the unexpected costs that may come from damage and use.  These costs can really pile up.  However, by staying on top of the small things from the beginning, you will be able to avoid some of the major costs.  Here are a few of the best ways to stay in control of your car’s costs:

  1. Carefully decide on the car you want to buy.  Research your car choice in detail and make sure that you will be able to access parts easily.
  2. Use your car wisely.  Short trips can be extremely hard on your car, so if you make an effort to walk to the places that are within ten minutes or so, you will be able to extend the life of your car and save more money in the long run.
  3. Stay on top of the regular maintenance of your car.  Make sure that your oil is changed and filters are checked and replaced regularly.  These steps cost a little bit up front, but if you don’t take care of the small things now, they can lead to bigger and more expensive problems later on.
  4. Pay attention to gauges and lights.  The lights and gauges on your car are made to inform you of problem areas in your vehicle, so pay attention and take care of issues early.
  5. Choose a mechanic you trust.  Having a trustworthy mechanic will make a huge difference in your overall car-related costs.

So, start today and make an effort to care for your car—it will return the favor.

 

Photo credit: http://blog.autoshopper.com/

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