Thrifty Car Management
Wednesday Aug 14th, 2019
You depend on your car, and you take good care of it. But you don’t have to throw lavish amounts of money at it. Take heed of this money-saving advice:
· Stick with normal tires. Don’t let dealers talk you into super-grip performance tires unless you drive a sports car and really need them. Most high-performance tires are more expensive and don’t last as long as regular tires.
· Don’t change the oil more than you need to. Check your owner’s manual. In the past, many manuals recommended a change every 3,000 miles. These days it’s more likely to be 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
· Avoid premium gasoline unless it’s necessary. Fuel is expensive enough. High-performance engines may call for premium brands exclusively, but most cars will run just fine on regular gas.
· Skip the mileage-boosting gimmicks. Fuel additives and devices like magnets on fuel lines probably don’t have much impact on your mileage.
· Use your smart phone. You may not need an onboard navigation system installed for $2,000 or so if your smartphone has its own GPS system.