Owning a Classic Car – the Pros and Cons

•August 27, 2021 • Comments Off on Owning a Classic Car – the Pros and Cons

For many motoring enthusiasts, the ultimate buzz is owning a unique or classic car. Capturing the days of thunder with a fine example of old American iron or a muscle car is the dream of many.

For those who aspire to ownership of a popular classic like a mid-60’s Mustang or Dodge Charger, or something rarer like a Chevy Chevelle or Camaro, here are some of the pros and cons of owning and maintaining a classic.  

A sense of uniqueness

In a world rapidly becoming mass produced and functional, many classic car owners speak of a sense of uniqueness. Owning and driving a scarce or rare example of a car from a bygone era when more emphasis was placed on beautiful lines and big power plants is a breath of fresh air to many. 

Owning a classic also brings with it a sense of inclusion in an exclusive club and a glance at my favorite car club in San Diego highlights that communal spirit.

The drive and handling

Generally an older classic car doesn’t drive like a modern production car. The days of massive torque and leaf spring suspension meant a driver really had to know how to handle a car. For cars pre-dating ABS braking and power steering, this often means a classic ride is less forgiving of mistakes by the driver.

This could be arguably seen by some as a con, however, for motoring purists it is definitely a pro, and it conjures the days when a driver was just that – a skilled operator steering and managing the beast.

Maintenance and basic mechanics

Surprisingly, many people find that an older car is easier to work on. Once a car has undergone restoration work, it is often easy for an owner with some basic mechanic knowledge to carry out minor maintenance tasks. Remember these vehicles hail from the days of basic systems, and without the complexity those more basic tasks are easier to accomplish.

With a good network of parts suppliers and mechanical support for the bigger tasks, ongoing maintenance and upkeep can be relatively inexpensive.

Not eco-friendly

Generally speaking, the popular classic car cohort existed in the glory days long before the term ‘eco-friendly’ existed! As such, a vintage or classic car is typically far less environmentally friendly than it’s modern-day counterparts.

Lower gas mileage and higher emissions may be the order of the day here. Furthermore, things like seals, gaskets and bolts really need attention to ensure leakage is prevented.

General safety

The lack of complexity with mechanical systems also extends to general safety features with an older car. A classic car will typically pre-date safety innovations like airbags, anti-lock braking systems and all round disc brakes. Coupled with more basic suspension and steering systems, an older classic car is generally less safe than modern vehicles.

Interior comfort with some older cars is also quite Spartan, with basic heating and air conditioning systems.

To wrap up 

Perhaps the sheer numbers of rare and unique classic and muscle cars still seen on the highways stand testament to the fact that very often the pros far outweigh the cons for the motoring purist.

How to Choose a New Family Car

•August 25, 2021 • Comments Off on How to Choose a New Family Car

Need to buy a new family car? It is a big decision when the time comes to buy a new car as it is a lot of money to spend and there are so many options available. For parents, you need to find a car that will be reliable and fit in with your lifestyle. This is a vehicle that you are likely to use every day for the school run, commuting to work, going food shopping, and ferrying the kids around, so how can you find the right car for your particular needs? Keep reading to discover the main steps that you will need to take.

Establish Your Budget

First, you want to work out how much you are able to afford. You can arrange a finance deal to make the cost of the vehicle itself easier to manage, but make sure that you remember to factor in the running costs. This will include the insurance, road tax, fuel, and maintenance costs. Once you know how much you can afford, you can then start to look at different vehicles.

Establish Your Needs

Next, you will want to establish your needs from the car. You need to think about how many people you will need to be able to transport (and if you plan on adding to your family anytime soon), the kind of trips that you will be taking, if you have a dog, storage needs, and any other requirements that you have. Once you have a list of your needs, this should give you an idea of a category of car or two, which will make it much easier to filter your results.

Research Options and Use AI Tool

Now you will want to find a few suitable models that tick all of the boxes. You can do this by researching suitable categories of cars online and seeing what models are reviewed well, but also with the use of an AI tool like Divicars where you can find the best-rated vehicles by entering relevant search terms, such as “spacious family car”. This can make it quick and easy to filter your results and find suitable cars for your needs.

Arrange a Test Drive

Once you have found a car model or two, you should always schedule a viewing and a test drive. You can find helpful information online for how to inspect a car both inside and out, and you might also find it helpful to bring someone else along for an extra set of eyes. On the test drive, you should put the car through its paces while ensuring that it is comfortable to drive and will be suitable for your family’s needs.

These are the main steps you will need to take to find the right family car for your needs. This is a major decision to make and not just because it is a lot of money to spend. You need to find a car that will be a good fit for your family’s lifestyle and be a car that you know that you can rely on each day.

3 Reasons You Should Probably Junk Your Car

•August 4, 2021 • Comments Off on 3 Reasons You Should Probably Junk Your Car

If you’re like most car owners, you’ve probably become attached to your car over the years. It’s the only vehicle that feels natural to handle. It’s the ride that you’ve made tons of memories in.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. At a certain point, your car no longer serves its purpose. When that time comes, it’s often best to junk your car

Junking your car is not a decision to make lightly. Most people only choose to do it when they can’t find any buyers for their car. If you’re wondering, “Should I junk my car,” consider these three factors.

1. How Does Your Car Look?

Your local junkyard for cars usually has many different kinds of vehicles in its possession. As you walk through, you’ll see sports cars, sedans, SUVs, pick-ups, and more. If there’s anything they have in common, it’s probably an unappealing look.

If your car has severe discoloration, missing features, or damage from an accident, junking your car may be the best option. Looks matter to prospective buyers. When they buy a new vehicle, they want it to look sleek and fresh.

If your car features these symptoms, it’s likely far from “sleek and fresh.” Instead, consider junking your car and collecting money from the parts. 

2. Does the Vehicle Have Extensive Damage?

In many cases, car owners can afford to repair their vehicular damages. Sometimes, though, the damage compounds too much for owners to justify making repairs. 

Imagine you’ve had your vehicle for thirteen years, and it just got into an accident. When you take the car into the shop, you learn it also has engine problems.

Those engine problems are compromising your fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the engine is also misfiring in multiple cylinders.

In a situation like this, it’s hardly worth it for the owner to pay for all the necessary repairs. At this point, the repairs probably cost more than the car is worth! 

At times like this, prospective buyers likely aren’t interested in spending a few thousand dollars on a car that needs extensive repairs. In such situations, selling cars as clunkers is probably the most cost-effective solution to the problem. 

3. Your Vehicle Stopped Running

If your vehicle completely dies, that’s often the best sign that you should junk your car. If you can’t start the engine, jump it off, or achieve any sign of life, it’s time to give up. At this stage, your car has reached the end of its life cycle. 

Why let a dead vehicle take up space in your driveway? Instead, search “how to junk my car” and make some money to buy a new vehicle. The chances you sell a dead automobile to other buyers are close to nil. 

Consider Junking Your Car Today

If your car suffers from the issues in this guide, it’s best to junk your car. This way, you can make a quick sale and use the money to buy a new vehicle. 

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Replacing Your Car Radiator – A Step By Step Guide

•August 2, 2021 • Comments Off on Replacing Your Car Radiator – A Step By Step Guide

A car radiator is a vital component of the vehicle that removes the heat from the engine, thereby keeping it cool. The heat from the engine is removed via thermal heat exchange and then transferred to the coolant where it gets circulated through a thermostat and the radiator. 

Over time, your car may start showing some signs and symptoms of a damaged radiator. While you can get the radiator repaired in some instances, others may call for the car radiator replacement. Here are the warning signs that suggest that your car radiator needs to be replaced at the earliest: 

  • If you notice the steam billowing from under the hood when it is in motion, it means that the engine of your car is heating and the radiator is not working well to suppress it. This situation calls for replacement.
  • You need to replace the car radiator when the temperature gauge constantly indicates the high temperature of the engine. 
  • The accumulation of rust is another warning sign of a damaged car radiator that needs a quick replacement. 
  • The formation of brown debris within the radiator also suggests that the car radiator needs a replacement.

Do not worry if you are unable to locate your nearby mechanic to replace the radiator. The following step-by-step guide will help you in changing the radiator: 

Step 1: 

Locate the drain plug of the radiator. It is situated near the lowest point of this machine. Open it and drain the coolant present inside it. 

Step 2: 

Remove the hoses attached to the radiator by loosening the clamps from the attachment area. We also recommend you pull out the auxiliary belts from the pulleys of the radiator. Now, remove the cooling fan and radiator shroud from the radiator. Remove the remaining bolts, clips, mounting screws, and other things. Do not misplace them and keep them in one location so that it becomes easier for you to later attach them in the right order. 

Step 3:

Lift the radiator from the engine. There may be some remaining coolant inside the radiator. Ensure to use a catch basin while removing the radiator from the engine. 

Step 4: 

Keep your new car radiator ready, and make sure to place it in the right position, exactly where the previous radiator was placed. In the meantime, you can clean the area where the new radiator has to be installed. Do not disturb the remaining machinery while performing the cleaning process. 

 Step 5:

Replace all the other accessories with the new one – bolts, screws, clips, and others. If the previous accessories are in a good condition, you can use them to fix the car radiator in place. 

 Step 6: 

Reinstall the cooling fan and shroud, and reattach all the cooling hoses. While performing this step, ensure that the accessories are attached properly, but avoid tightening them too much. It is because cooling hoses are prone to becoming brittle with age. If the existing cooling hoses are showing any sign of aging, replace them with new ones. 

 Step 7: 

Reinstall the auxiliary belts in order by sliding them back over the pulleys and then adjusting them accordingly using nuts and bolts. 

 Step 8: 

Mix the coolant with distilled water. Make sure the proportion of water with coolant is right. Pour it properly without spilling. Start the vehicle and let it run to check the circulation of the coolant. Add some more, if needful. 

 Step 9: 

Locate a bleed valve and open it with a wrench to bleed the air into the radiator and check it for bubbles. When the bubbles stop forming, know that your coolant is at the proper temperature. 

Takeaway: 

Car radiator replacement should be taken seriously to avoid any further damage to the engine of your vehicle. The above-listed instructions will help you perform the procedure aptly. 

Five Reasons the 2022 Honda Odyssey Captures the Flag, Again

•July 22, 2021 • Comments Off on Five Reasons the 2022 Honda Odyssey Captures the Flag, Again

There’s an old game called Capture the Flag.  If you can get the flag, you are king of the hill. It seems like the Honda Odyssey has been playing this game with other minivans and capturing the flag year after year from automotive journalists and minivan buyers. What about this year?

The Odyssey has strong competition from the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica.  There are Kia and Dodge competitors as well.  Of course, it also must compete with the three-row SUVs of every brand, including its own.  

To climb to the top of the hill and capture the flag, it’s got to do everything right in five key categories. Can it do it?

Spaciousness

Many three-row SUVs look bigger on the outside than they are on the inside.  Many others have tiny third rows.  The Odyssey claims remarkable spaciousness with second row seating that has almost as much legroom as the front seat.  Then the third third row has enough legroom that teenagers and adults can handle some time back there.  

The middle-row Super Mode pushes the seats to one side for easier access. In Buddy Mode, the two seats can be secured together leaving room on either side. The second-row middle seat, when included, is big enough for a car seat. That allows up to three babies and toddlers on the middle row, closer to Mom and Dad.  

Cargo Capacity

If you look at how the cargo hold is configured in most SUVs and minivans, there’s not enough space for luggage for those 6, 7 or 8 family members. That’s a big drawback. The 2022 Honda Odyssey manages to have almost 40 cubic feet with all seats upright and in use. That’s about the same size as the Honda CR-V although the space is more vertical than horizontal. 

Convenience

A minivan generally manages a few more conveniences than its SUV rivals. Honda figured this out years ago and still offers its vacuum system. It also offers a camera system that lets Mom watch the kids on the back row. It lets Dad speak to the kids without raising his voice thanks to a microphone system. 

Driver Friendly

A minivan is sometimes saddled with a bad reputation for how it treats the driver. The Odyssey challenges that with a 280-horsepower engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Parents have plenty of power to deal with tough highway situations.

Driver assistance systems provide a touch of automation as well as helpful warnings. The parent driver can feel a bit more relaxed when there’s a blind spot monitor, lane assistance, road departure assistance, and automatic forward braking ready to help out.

Pricing

The Odyssey manages to provide seating for up to 8 in a price range that is more affordable than many of its SUV competitors. Obviously that appeals to parents who are already stretching their dollars to the limit.

With all this in mind, it seems the 2022 Honda Odyssey is poised to continue its position as a favorite among parents. 

New To Motocross? Know These Injuries To Avoid Them!

•June 28, 2021 • Comments Off on New To Motocross? Know These Injuries To Avoid Them!

If you are into Motocross, you must have been injured at least once in your riding history. 

Motocross puts your body under extreme stress and also leads to fatal injuries during crashes. The majority of the injuries occur during racing events. 

Moreover, injuries during ‘big air’ stunts and tricks have become more frequent since the advancement of Freestyle Motocross.

Among the list of fatalities in Motocross accidents, spinal cord injuries and casualties among riders top the list. Though these injuries can happen to any part of the body, they are more common in the upper limbs than the lower limbs.

To help you be aware of the various injuries, we have compiled a list of the most common ones that you may encounter.

Have a look.

Collar Bone Fracture

This is one of the most common injuries in Motocross. Collarbone fracture’s major cause is the instinct of putting your hand to break your fall. Due to the speed at which you fall and hit the ground, your arms experience a significant impact of force which causes the collarbone to break. 

Most of the collarbone fractures heal in around 4-8 weeks by wearing a sling. You might need surgery if the injury is complex.

Make sure you avoid harsh braking and avoid being thrown out. Avoiding such crashes will help keep your collarbone in one piece. 

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocations are the next most common injuries that happen to dirt bikers after collarbone fractures. To heal them, you can start rehabilitation therapy after you no longer have shoulder pain. Rehabilitation therapy can last from 2 weeks to 3-4 months.

You can avoid such injuries by avoiding falls (easier said than done). Avoiding falls can be possible only with ample practice and vigilance while riding. Also, wearing proper motocross gear like a neck brace and shoulder support will help minimise the impact of crashes (should they happen). 

Wrist Fracture

A wrist fracture is another common injury type that frequently happens on the motocross tracks. During an accident, you may brace your arm to save yourself from falling, leading to a wrist fracture. Even a minor wrist injury is painful because the wrist has a very complex muscle structure. Moreover, healing a wrist fracture can be difficult if the bone breaks into multiple pieces.

A severe fracture or sprain will require considerable rest to heal. Surgery may be necessary if realignment of the bones is required. An injured arm will need to be in a cast regardless of whether surgery is performed. Physical therapy will help you regain wrist mobility once the doctor removes the cast.

Splinting of the wrist is also advised to prevent injury. 

Ankle Injuries

An ankle is also a complex structure like the wrist and shoulder. So you are equally prone to getting an ankle injury during the fall. 

An ankle fracture can be caused by falling from the bike or by colliding with neighbouring riders. If you have an ankle fracture, it might need realignment or surgery to heal completely. 

Following the surgery, your ankle needs to be cast for 6 to 12 weeks. After casting, you need to undergo physiotherapy regularly to regain movement and strength. 

You are advised to wear correct protective clothing to support your ankles. You are also advised to wear an ankle brace to provide additional protection. 

Final Word

If you are a Motocross rider, you have to be always prepared for crashes as there is no certainty on the tracks. You could have various injuries, including fractures (wrist, collarbone, ankle) and ACL tear. 

To minimise these, you must ensure proper preventative measures discussed in this article. 

We hope these tips will help you prevent injuries while being a motocross riding newbie!

How to Start a Vehicle Recovery Company

•March 23, 2021 • Comments Off on How to Start a Vehicle Recovery Company

If you love cars and want to launch a company that taps into this passion, a vehicle recovery company might be a smart business venture. As millions of vehicles will breakdown or experience accidents each year, your business could generate a substantial annual profit.

If you are unsure how to get started, read these top tips on how to start a vehicle recovery company.

Seek Financial Investment

A vehicle recovery business will require much heavy-duty equipment. Unless you have a considerable amount of money in the bank, you will need to seek investment to purchase trucks, parts, and accessories. For example, you could apply for a bank loan or secure the money from a private investor.

Write a Business Plan

If you want a bank or investor to take you seriously, you must write a compelling business plan. It will not only breakdown how much money you will need to get started, but it should cover your company’s:

A business plan can help an investor make an informed decision on your company. Plus, you can use it as a helpful guide for launching your new venture.

Find a Reliable Fleet

Your customers are relying on your trucks to rescue them from the roadside. For this reason, you must secure a reliable vehicle fleet to ensure your drivers arrive on schedule. Do your homework to find an honest, dependable fleet vehicle provider. It will prevent your trucks from breaking down on the way to a customer.

Choose the Right Insurance

Don’t underestimate the importance of different insurance options when starting a vehicle recovery business. Your trucks will be on the road all day, and they will likely hook up or lift vehicles to tow them to a garage. Despite your driver’s exceptional driving and recovery skills, accidents can occur.

For this reason, you must research the best recovery truck insurance options to protect your business. Also, you would be wise to take out professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance.

Install Beacon Lights

Safety must be your vehicle recovery company’s main priority. As you will need to rescue drivers from a highway or attend accident scenes to recover vehicles, you must warn other drivers of your presence on the road.

To do so, you must install beacon lights onto a fleet of vehicles, as they can attract attention and serve as a warning sign. Most recovery vehicles tend to feature multi-use Britax beacons to highlight different hazards.

An Exceptional Customer Service

Set your vehicle recovery business apart from its rivals by striving to provide an exceptional customer service experience. As most customers will feel distressed, upset, or angry at the roadside, a compassionate driver could lift their mood and take some of the stress out of the experience. Hire drivers who have exceptional communication and social skills. It could help your business generate positive word of mouth and earn many loyal customers.

Fix Your Car Or Trade It: How to Decide

•February 16, 2021 • Comments Off on Fix Your Car Or Trade It: How to Decide

You have noticed that your car repair bills are beginning to go up.  Should you trade your car?  How can you get the most for your automotive dollar? You don’t want to throw good money at a car that won’t be around in a year. On the other hand, you don’t want to trade a car that has lots of life left.

What are the markers of a car’s lifespan?  You’ll need to know that in order to decide when to trade it at the right time.  For that matter, how should you define the optimal moment when a car should be traded? 

Perfect Timing

For some, a car’s life span is the end of its warranty. The average warranty period expires at five years. A few brands push that to six years.  A small number of manufacturers cover the powertrain for up to 100,000 or ten years.  If you drive 10,000 a year, you’ll make it to ten years. However, it must be said that most of us drive 15,000 miles a year or more. 

After the warranty expires, the waiting and watching begins.  You need to be vigilant about maintenance to extend the car’s life and make sure that small  issues don’t turn into expensive repairs.  

You are looking for the optimal moment to trade your vehicle before you waste money on repairs that you could have foreseen. Your regular mechanic should be involved with helping you make a decision about when to trade.  If you want good car repair advice, you need to settle on a good shop and stick with it. Shopping around for deals may save a little money, but you will miss out on a good mechanic’s expertise. 

Admitting that Time is Up

If your repairs bills are so much that they add up to the equivalent of new car payments, then you need to admit that time is up.  Even if you aren’t facing a huge repair, you may be looking at some big car expenses such as new tires. That’s a car payment right there.  If your car just has six months or a year of good health, you should trade it instead of getting new tires and major maintenance.

A light on the dash may be a sign that time is up. It may signal that the car is about to have a major issue. At that point, it may be worth having the light turned off and just trading the car as is.  You don’t want to plunk down $1,000s on a new transmission. That money is better spent as a downpayment on something new. 

A strange noise may signal a problem with your suspension.  A funny smell may be letting you know that the exhaust system is breaking or the engine is getting too close to a breakdown.  In either scenario, you can admit time is up and trade your car.  You’ll get some good money for it, and you can use that toward a down payment.

You need to stay ready for a sign that your car is going to turn into a money pit.  As soon as you or your mechanic recognizes the clues, you should trade right away. You’ll have less stress about break downs, and you’ll spend your automotive dollars on a sure thing.

Taking Charge of Fleet Ownership

•February 15, 2021 • Comments Off on Taking Charge of Fleet Ownership

Fleet ownership has changed due to the pandemic, but there are still many elements that are the same.  For one thing, there’s still the matter of making sure your drivers are trained to handle your fleet’s duties.  You’ve also got to tend to maintenance, whether you have three trucks or 39.

Businesses on the move seem to be best positioned to withstand the ups and downs of this economy.  Deliveries are taking place on a grander scale than ever before.  Smaller delivery vehicles, whether cars, trucks or vans, are on the roads by the hundreds of thousands. It’s the era of the business vehicle while the individual stays working from home.

Fleet owners and managers can use today’s modern tools to keep track on every aspect of the fleet.  This should open up opportunities to stretch their maintenance dollar and avoid bigger repairs. Fleet truck service costs are bound to go up, but an active manager can do a lot to reduce the cost to their business.

Mileage Monitoring and Maintenance

Monitoring your work trucks for signs of wear and tear is essential in any economy, but it is especially important now.  This means keeping an eye on how many miles each truck is traveling, how they are traveling, and where they are traveling.  From fleet manager to each individual driver, it is essential to be aware of the next mileage cap.

Mileage is the first marker for maintenance, but it isn’t the only one. If you have a truck that is driven in heavy stop-and-go traffic, it may need maintenance sooner than the mileage may indicate. Likewise, if you have a van that is routinely overloaded because you are trying to make do with less vehicles, that van may need maintenance sooner. 

Each type of maintenance needs to be given equal attention. It is common to be diligent about oil changes, but some fleet managers cut corners by delaying the other types of maintenance that a truck needs. A wheel alignment may save your tires. New brake fluid and brake pads are essential to safety. 

Rotating the Fleet

Companies can maximize the value of their fleet by using tracking technology. Higher-mileage vehicles can be given lighter routes while lower-mileage vehicles can be shifted into longer hauls. Ideally, managers can maximize the return on their investment by selling fleet vehicles at just the right time, given warranties, repairs and related factors.  

Although there is a tendency to assign a vehicle to a driver, rotating which driver has which vehicle can actually reduce wear and tear.  The truck can take light duty some days and heavy duty others. If you do this with all of your vehicles, you may keep maintenance spread out at longer intervals.  

Invest in Technology

There is technology for so many aspects of fleet ownership.  For starters, GPS can reduce waste on the road by keeping your trucks moving.  Driver monitoring can improve their driving habits and reduce your insurance costs.  Apps that make it easy to maintain records on each fleet vehicle can warn you when a vehicle is getting old or missing a maintenance milestone. 

Often your vehicles are the same brand, even the same make.  As you monitor what happens to a high-mileage truck,  you may be warned about what will happen to others in your fleet. It may help you make decisions about when to sell old vehicles. This may help you upgrade before you waste money on major repairs.  

Fleet managers who embrace technology are bound to see cost savings. Work can continue at its rapid pace without as much impact on the business bottom line.

Making Car Ownership Cheaper: A Guide

•January 29, 2021 • Comments Off on Making Car Ownership Cheaper: A Guide

Cars and other vehicles are known for being extremely expensive to run, especially if you own a large model or a car that is not fuel-efficient. To ensure that you can enjoy and make the most out of your car without draining your income, here is a list of some of the top steps that you can take to slash the costs of car ownership.

1.   Find Coupons

Although you might believe that it is only possible to find coupons for the grocery store, this is not the case, and there are an array of coupons out there for those that are looking to buy new parts for their car. Buying parts yourself rather than allowing a garage to buy these for you is a less expensive way of repairing your car, and yet this can be made even cheaper with a Tire Rack coupon. This coupon can allow you to upgrade your car by finding the perfect tires for your vehicle and the road type that you drive on at the lowest price possible.

2.   Keep Up with Maintenance

When you are struggling to meet the costs of car ownership, it can be easy to wait until something goes wrong to give your car the TLC that it needs. However, keeping up with maintenance tasks can minimize the number of serious repairs that your car needs over the years. Not only this, but you should make sure that you look for signs of damage to your car regularly and that you take your vehicle straight to your garage when you spot these, rather than waiting until your car is not road worthy before you look for a repair service. Another way of avoiding costly garage repairs is to drive safely, as this will help you to avoid accidents and other unforeseen events which could damage your car.

3.   Look at Insurance Deals

Insurance can knock the stuffing out of your bank account, especially if you are young and male, with people in this demographic seeing some of the highest insurance costs. Therefore, you should shop around for the best deals on your car insurance by using a comparison website. You might also be able to get a black box deal. A black box will then be attached to your car to measure your driving performance. If you are found to drive safely, you will be able to pay less car insurance.

4.   Use Less Fuel

Fuel prices are increasing, and this can often prevent people from running the car of their dreams. You should find ways to reduce your fuel usage. This includes slowing down over speed bumps, avoiding revving your car, coasting and using cruise control when you can, and not leaving your car running when you are warming it up or de-icing it in the morning. You should also hunt around for the lowest fuel prices in your area, with some gas stations offering better prices than others. However, work out if traveling further to get to this cheaper gas station is worth the money. You might spend more on gas getting there and back.