Saving Money After Driving off the Used Car Lot
- KEEP YOUR VEHICLE MAINTAINED: While many people understand the importance of regular oil changes, many of the other maintenance “musts” often get overlooked. By reading your owner’s manual and being diligent about regular maintenance, you can keep your car running at its most efficient.
- KEEP YOUR TIRES INFLATED: Inspect your tires regularly to ensure that they are full to the recommended amount of tire pressure. Under inflated tires can cause your vehicle eat gas at a faster rate. The few minutes it takes you to keep an eye on that tire pressure can save you big money in the long run.
- BUY GAS WHOLESALE: Big bulk stores, such as Costco or Sam’s Club, offer their members discounts up to 10 cents a gallon on fuel. Getting yourself a membership to a bulk store like this may not only save you on other household purchases, but you can also add up big savings in the fuel tank.
- REVIEW YOUR COMMUTE: While in theory, the fastest way to a destination is a straight line, that doesn’t always translate in the world of fuel economy. Traffic jams and time spent idling can eat up gas while being frustrating at the same time. Finding alternative routes that may be longer in distance but come with less traffic can save you time on your commute and keep fuel in your tank.
- LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD: The more weight your vehicle carries, the more gas it is going to use to get you from one place to another. Keeping your trunk cleared of unnecessary items and removing bike racks, or other such storage devices, off season or when not in use, will be seen in the savings you find at the pump.
- CHECK YOUR GAS CAP: One of the easiest ways you can ensure that you are getting the most of your fuel is to make sure that your gas cap is on tight. A loose gas cap can allow for gas to evaporate out of the tank. That’s like throwing money into the air.
- BUY GAS EARLY IN THE MORNING OR LATE IN THE EVENING: Gas is sold in volume, not in density. During the coolest part of the day fuel is at its most dense. By purchasing your fuel early or late you will get the densest fuel and in turn, the best gas mileage for your money.
- DON’T TOP OFF THE TANK: When you’re filling up the gas pump, be aware of when enough is enough. Don’t go for that little extra once the pump clicks off. You’ll end up wasting what you pump. To ensure every drop gets in the tank, know when to say when.