In many countries around the world, owning a car is a right of passage. It gives you the freedom to travel where you want, when you want. In some countries cars are luxuries while in others they are almost necessities. Regardless of where you’re from, when the day finally comes that you are a car owner, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind. If you fail to look after your car, properly prepare yourself or insure yourself, you might find owning a car to be a very expensive experience – even financially crippling. To keep costs low and ensure you get the best mileage out of your car, follow these tips:
1) Get Breakdown Cover
I’m sorry to say, but chances are your car is going to break down at some stage and whenever that happens it will be the worst possible time, ever. If you don’t have breakdown cover getting it towed or seen to will be horribly expensive. Whether it’s a flat battery or something more severe, call out fees can be considerable. Do your future self a favour by investing in breakdown cover to ensure that you are covered, no matter what. Chances are you’ve suffered from a flat car battery at least once in your life and it often happens at the worst time in the worst location.
2) Check Your Water, Oil and Tyre Pressure Regularly
Set a reminder on your phone if you have to, but make sure that you check your water, oil and tyre pressure regularly. A friend of mine recently ran out of oil, and guess what happened to her car’s engine? It exploded, on a busy main road. It cost her thousands of pounds to get repaired. In order to prevent this, all she had to do was spend ten quid on a bottle of oil and pour it in. Hindsight is a luxury that we cannot afford in most cases, so regularly check your car’s water, oil and tyre pressure.
3) Drive Slowly
Are you guilty of speeding up even though you can see a red light in your not to distant future? Aggressive driving or stop-start driving can really sap your petrol, resulting in a very poor mileage conversion. Drive slowly, but appropriate to the conditions. There’s little point accelerating before you’ll need to slow down, so just cruise and enjoy the financial rewards.
4) Get Car Insurance
In some countries car insurance is optional, while others make it mandatory – which I think is a good move. Fancy crashing into a brand new BMW without car insurance? That sounds like a nightmare to me. If you can’t afford car insurance, you – quite simply – cannot afford to own a car. It is a necessity and can be a financial lifesaver if something goes wrong.
5) Buying Tyres Online
These days you can buy almost anything online, including tyres. You might be apprehensive about buying tyres online, but when you realise how much you can save, it just starts to make sense. Most of us get into the habit of replacing the tyres on our cars with specific tyres that are best suited to the conditions and the make of car. As such, it’s easy to ensure that you buy tyres online that are a good fit for your car. Tyre-Shopper.co.uk have a great range that will allow you to save some serious money.
Owning a car is a lot of fun, but there are some serious sides to consider to. Being prepared will ensure that you have a well-looked after car and if something goes wrong, you are not too much out of pocket.