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5 Ways You Are Overspending on Your Vehicle

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While it’s true that you can save money on a vehicle by picking one with a low price tag and low upkeep costs, you can save even more money by making wise decisions and cultivating good driving habits once you bring it home. Here are just some of the ways you might be paying too much on your current vehicle.

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filling tires with air checking pressure1. Driving on underinflated tires

Even if your tires are just 6 PSI lower than the manufacturer-recommended inflation level, this will trigger a 5-percent drop in fuel economy. Furthermore, driving on underinflated tires can shorten the life of your tires by 25 percent, as U.S. News & World Report states.

2. Skipping routine car maintenance

It can be easy to forget bringing in your vehicle regularly for key maintenance items like oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks, and belt inspections. These appointments are necessary for ensuring that your car’s major systems are operating smoothly and safely — and to diagnose and fix any smaller problems before they turn into bigger (and more expensive) ones.

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3. Not washing your car

A dirty vehicle is more than just eyesore — it’s often more vulnerable to rust and corrosion from dust, salt, and other substances that accumulate on the exterior. Make a habit of regularly washing your vehicle by hand, throughout the year, to help keep the paint coat in great shape and minimize the likelihood of rust damage in the future.

4. Doing things that shorten your car’s life

Avoid habits that destroy the value of your vehicle, and that would reduce the profit you make on it if you decide to sell it down the road. These are just some of the harmful habits to ditch if you want to extend your auto’s life and save yourself some cash:

  • Parking too far up in a parking space and scraping the undercarriage on the cement parking block
  • Going too fast when traveling over speed bumps
  • Driving on bald tires
  • Ignoring dashboard warning lights

5. Paying for super unleaded gas

Each year, Americans flush $2.1 billion down the drain from pumping premium fuel into cars that don’t need it, as AAA confirms. So, as tempting as it can be to opt for “super” unleaded instead of normal unleaded gas, avoid doing so.

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News Source: U.S. News & World Report