Motorists are continue to struggle with keeping their cars on the road because of increasing prices of petrol and insurance. Many people are reducing the non-essential trips they make in a bid to cut out a chunk of the motoring costs which occur – which can be increasingly difficult for those who live in rural areas where a car is more of a necessity than a luxury. However, there are ways to save money and even make cash if you are a car owner. Including:
Choose Your Station Carefully
Being selective about where you take your car to fill up takes some pre-planning but can save you a great deal in the long run. Travelling long distances can wipe out the benefits of finding cheaper petrol so try not to get caught short of fuel on the motorway, as this is where prices tend to be the most expensive.
Swap Your Car For Cash
If your vehicle fails its MOT or has a problem that is too expensive to repair, you can take it to a registered scrap yard and dispose of it free of charge. However, thanks to the increase in scrap metal values, motorists can now expect to receive some cash for their scrap car. Find out how much your car or van could be worth with our free, instant calculator.
Making small adjustments to your driving technique can help save on fuel costs. Drive more efficiently by not letting the rev count get too high before changing gear. If you are able to keep a consistent cruising speed, especially on the motorway, this will also help to reduce the amount of fuel you’ll use.
Keep the weight of the car as low as possible. This means not travelling around with unnecessary baggage on board or on a roof rack if it is not being used. This all adds extra weight, which leads to more fuel being used to power the vehicle.
Have you ever considered renting out your car? If you do not use it every day there are now specialist sites set up to allow you to rent it your vehicle by the hour or for the day. People using your car will have full comprehensive insurance and if they have an accident, your no-claims bonus will not be affected. Similarly, if you often have an empty driveway you can charge people to park their cars on it, which can be particularly lucrative if you live close to a train station, airport, hospital or shopping area. Again, there are dedicated sites set up to help you find out how you can get involved with this.
Insurance costs can also be reduced by parking your car on a driveway or in a secure place, such as a garage, as opposed to on the road.