A Variety of Ways to Cut the Cost of Car Ownership
prices, insurance rates and car maintenance expenses
continue to rise. Gas prices alone are up as much
as 65 percent or more from a year ago according to a survey
of service stations by the U.S. Energy Information
Thankfully, you don't have to alter your driving habits
or buy a new car to get some relief. Here are some
quick, inexpensive, easy ways to save money.
Mind the air to save money on
The U.S. Energy Department reports that under-inflated
tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 percent.
One study estimates that 50-80 percent of the tires
rolling on U.S. highways are under inflated. Astonishingly,
we could save up to 2 billion gallons of gas each
year simply by properly inflating our tires.
Secondly, a clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption
by as much as 10 percent. Air filters keep impurities
from damaging the interior of the engine, so replacing
dirty filters will save gas and protect your engine.
More tips to save money on fuel are available at www.fueleconomy.gov.
Get slick to reduce maintenance
costs and save fuel
There are high performance motor oils that can make
meaningful improvements to your car's fuel economy
and engine life. For instance, numerous independent
studies have documented that Royal Purple® motor
oil improves fuel economy by as much as 5 percent
and dramatically reduce engine wear. Additionally,
using Royal Purple® motor oil, as opposed to conventional
oils, allows for more miles between oil changes, reducing
maintenance costs and the amount of time spent on
maintenance. You'll pay a little more for premium
motor oil but the savings in fuel and reduced maintenance
costs more than make up for the higher price. You
can find out more by visiting the Royal
Reduce your insurance costs
by doing your homework
One of the simplest ways to reduce insurance cost
is simply to shop around. Prices vary from company
to company, so it pays to do your homework. Get at
least three price quotes. You can call companies directly
or access information on the Internet. Your state's
insurance regulator may also provide price comparisons.
Other ways to reduce insurance costs can be found
by visiting the U.S.
Insurance Information Institute's website.
An astute consumer can save hundreds of dollars a
year on automotive expenses without buying a new car
or changing lifestyle. All it takes is a little time
and research, and the good sense to choose better