Getting from A-B Frugally by The Frugal Queen this morning and learn how she keeps her auto expenses as low as possible in England. Most of her tactics are directly applicable to the US and I could certainly do more in this category!
What we are doing though is helping.
1. Each time our auto insurance is renewed (every 6 months) I call the agent and ask if there is any way we can reduce the cost. This time we switched one car to "leisure use only" category as I am retired but Hubby is not. We also both completed an online driver safety course thus earning a discount. The good news is that we don't have to do it again for 3 years and we actually did learn some new things.
2. I group my errands/activities and try to have some days where the car sits at home.
3. We tend to buy gas at the same station but it is one that has one of the lowest prices per gallon.
4. This happened out of frustration as I drove to the car wash I usually use only to find it had changed to self-service. Well, I self-service washed it in my own driveway thank you very much!
5. We follow the car manual instructions for servicing diligently as we keep our cars for a very long time.
What don't we do that we could do?
1. Get a credit card that gives cash back for gas purchases. I am not going to do this as I can not bear to complicate our finances any further LOL.
2. Drive even less. I haven't yet sold Hubby on not running errands as he thinks of them on the weekend. Not many miles though.
3. Move to where we would only need one car/no cars or my give up having a car at home unless I took Hubby to work and picked him up on the days I need a car.
What do you do or think you might do to keep your car costs as low as possible.