The UK is officially in a recession for the first time in 11 years. This will undoubtedly will affect all aspects of our lives, including car ownership.
Buying cars is a large expense and not the first thing most think about doing as a country sinks into recession. However, owning a car has never been seen as more of a blessing; with the pandemic cars are even more important to us all than usual. With public transport carrying an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, we now rely on cars much more heavily for getting around safely. Keep your current car on the road for longer, with a reduced price tag attached to its maintenance.
As more of us return to work, having saved money on travel and petrol during the last few months, these costs will soon be resuming alongside this recession. The car has become the preferred mode of transport for meeting friends or family, getting shopping and attending appointments.
Overall, the car’s importance has been reinstated if not confirmed for those who were already highly dependent on their vehicles. So, how do you manage to run your car more than before, during a recession and manage not to spend all of your pennies?
We are here to help you save money on car maintenance with tips to save now and throughout your car’s lifetime.
LOOK! LISTEN! SMELL!
As stated in our diagnose it blog series, cars often give us signs that something is wrong long before an issue becomes a serious and expensive problem. Therefore, if you notice any unusual sounds, smells, movements or even visual things in and around your car, don’t turn a blind eye. Putting off repairs isn’t saving you money, its often adding a few extra zero’s to the price tag as the damage at hand becomes more extensive. Noticed anything strange or different occurring within your car but unsure what’s wrong? Use our diagnose it tool to uncover the problem and seek quality and affordable repairs at a highly-rated local garage.
REGULAR CAR SERVICING – FOLLOW YOUR MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDATION
Having your car serviced regularly will keep it in the best possible condition. Along with keeping it safe and functioning well, as a full service looks over all your car’s main systems, the mechanic carrying it out will spot any developing or potentially dangerous issues. Catching these problems early, that would otherwise go unnoticed will certainly save money as the damage will be less extensive and thus cheaper at this stage.
CLEAN OUT YOUR FILTERS
Often neglected, your filters can quickly become a hotbed for dirt and debris. This is more than just dirty, it will also make your car less fuel efficient. Meaning you will end up wasting more money on petrol through cooling or heating up your car. Get into the habit of cleaning your filters to maintain efficiency and make your car a cleaner environment. You will probably only have to do this once or twice a year.
COMPARE GARAGE REVIEWS AND PRICES TO FIND BEST DEAL ON CAR REPAIRS
Traditionally, seeking car repairs was a case of visiting a garage based off of recommendation or knowledge of one’s location. Showing up, stating whats wrong, getting it fixed and then paying the bill. Which can of course be eye watering and seemingly unjustifiable, or even confusing for the non mechanically minded. Easily save money on car maintenance with WCFMC.
WhoCanFixMyCar empowers drivers by allowing them to compare garage local reviews and prices. You can find the best deal for you, unlike feeling blindsided when you receive your bill at the end. The process takes seconds and the savings are huge.
REGULAR MAINTENANCE CHECKS – GET TO KNOW YOUR CAR
Rather than being scared of problems you might uncover, see regular check-ups as a money saving way of keeping your car in top condition.
Every few months or so, carry out a few simple checks to maintain that your car is up to scratch. This could be as simple as looking at oil and coolant levels and your tyres. Check your owner’s manual (online if you have lost it) to see the manufacturer recommended oil and coolant levels. For tyres, ensure the tread depth is correct as well as pressure, which you can measure with a handheld gauge. This regular inspection will also help with uncovering any issues that may be developing within your car.