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In 2013 the costs of running a car in the US increased by almost two per cent to over $9000 a year, and, as a nation, we have the most cars per capita in the world, behind only the tiny, affluent European countries of San Marino and Monaco. Motorists are hit harder by fuel costs, purchase rates, and part replacement every year, so what can be done to offset the cost of keeping your car on the road? 

Use the power of the coupon 

There are some spare parts you should not compromise on, and if you’re heavy on your car’s odometer, you have to keep an eye on your tire tread depth. When it gets to less than 1.6 mm, your tires are no longer safe to drive on, and in many states it’s a legal requirement to replace them immediately. Keep an eye out online for car tire coupons so that when that inevitable replacement is required, the financial strain doesn’t puncture your resources. 

Be an educated car owner 

It’s an unfortunate reality that women are sometimes treated like idiots when it comes to all things mechanical. To avoid being quoted over the odds, its worth at the very least familiarizing yourself with the different parts under the hood, and their replacement costs for your model of car so you don’t get taken for a ride. Even better: learn a few simple car repairs. If you can replace a drive belt, a battery and correctly use jump leads, it’s a huge advantage. YouTube is your friend. 

Source your own parts 

If you’ve been quoted by an auto repair center on replacement parts, don’t accept their first offer. Instead, keep the part number handy, and look on eBay or a reputable online car part dealer to find out if it’s worth sourcing yourself. With the costs of being a car owner on the rise, it’s time to take a little more responsibility for your auto-outgoings. Informing yourself about costs, repairs and what can go wrong with your vehicle might just make the difference between being stranded by the side of the road, and driving off into the sunset.

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