How to Reduce Your Car’s Running Costs

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Cut Out Unnecessary Journeys

Keep a careful log of the journeys you make during the course of a week or month. At the end of this period, look back and see how you use your car. You will probably find that at least a few journeys could have been either combined or eliminated all together.


Shop around for the best insurance quotes and negotiate with suppliers. Never accept automatic renewal quotes without shopping around for a better deal first. Always choose a quality insurance provider such asĀ Auto and General.

How to Reduce Your Car's Running Costs

You can lower the cost of your insurance by increasing the excess on the policy, parking the vehicle on a driveway or in a garage and reducing your annual driven mileage.

Drive More Economically

There are lots of steps you can take to reduce your fuel consumption. For example, anticipating the conditions ahead will allow you to ease off the accelerator rather than braking suddenly.

Similarly, pulling away slowly rather than racing up to speed will save a lot of fuel. On the motorway, sticking to 70 miles per hour rather than being tempted up to speeds of 80 or more will reduce fuel consumption considerably. Be sure to keep your tyres correctly inflated.


Always get your car serviced when it should be. Servicing keeps a car running efficiently and flags up any major problems that may be imminent. If you continue to run a car that has not been serviced properly, it will cost you money in fuel and, ultimately, also in repair costs.

Shop around for the most competitively priced garages, which you can use for MOTs and services as well as any ongoing repairs. If you can combine two or more of these into one trip to the garage, you may well be able to save some money on the overall cost.

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