Money Saving Car Hacks

There are a lot of different issues and nuisances that can occur involving your automobile.  Instead of going to the extreme or even paying money to have certain issues fixed or taken care of, first you may want to try these completely credible and convenient car hacks.  Where do we even start!!!

Ever woke up to a car that wouldn’t start, looked under the hood and saw your battery was full of corrosion?  If so you may want to try sprinkling baking soda and water over the corroded area.  Let it fizz like an erupting volcano in the 4th grade and rinse away the corrosion with water!  If you don’t have baking soda try using a can of coke or any other carbonated beverage like club soda.  The corrosion will be eaten away by the carbonation.

How about those cloudy headlights.  Not only do they dim your car’s headlight but they also are an eyesore.  Take some good old tooth paste from your medicine cabinet and rub in in circular motions over the cloudy headlight.  Let sit for a few minutes and then rinse with a clean wet rag.  Suddenly things have become a lot clearer!

It’s time to replace your registration sticker but you can’t get the old one off!  It’s literally stuck to your car.  Take a piece of newspaper soaked with warm water and put it over the old sticker.  Wait 10 minutes and the sticker will wipe off with the crumbling newspaper!

Have a few small dents that you really want to get rid of but you don’t want to spend the time or money on taking it somewhere?  Buy a toilet plunger and plunge the dents out yourself!!  Fast, easy, and a definite money and time saver.

How about when the sun is shining into your car just right and your visor doesn’t seem to cover the particular area you need to be shaded.  Heck even your sunglasses are not working!!! Removable tinted plastic sheets that use surface static to stick are a literal life saver! They block that annoying sun and also make for a safer drive home!

These are just a few of the incredible tricks that can be used to save both time and money. Feel free to come up with ones of your own that work just as well!  Like turning on that seat warmer to keep the pizza warm on the drive home!

Saving Gas & Money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is one thing that most driver’s can agree on, it is that gas prices are continuously on the rise.  In 2009 the average price of gas was $1.83 per gallon.  Fast forward to 2012 and in some demographics the price was up to an average of $4.00 per gallon.  Five years later in 2017 gas prices continue to fluctuate and in doing so most generally stay on the higher end of the dollar spectrum.  Although we as consumers may not be able to have any influence on the cost of gas prices, one thing that we can do is conserve as much gas as possible when driving our automobiles.  In doing so not only will our pocketbooks thank us but so will the environment.  

I have compiled a shortlist of a few gas saving techniques that will keep your tank fuller longer and the air we breathe just a little cleaner.

  • Warm Up Your Car For Shorter Lengths Of Time…The average time on a cold day you should warm up your car is 30 seconds to 1 minute. Anything longer just wastes gas and pumps nasty toxins into the atmosphere.  With modern cars today their warm up time is significantly less than those of older models.
  • Driving At Moderate Speed ….. It’s simple driving fast causes more acceleration therefore consuming more gas.  Frequently accelerating creates the same issue.  Driving at just below the speed limit at a smooth consistent speed is a lot more gas efficient for your car.
  •  Buying Gas Early In The Day/Evening….. Filling up your tank early in the morning or later in the evening is best for gas content.  With the rising heat during the day gas loses its density which means less actually gets in your gas tank.  Cooler gas has a lot more density and therefore leaves your car’s tank fuller.
  • Be Aware…..Driving with your windows down creates more drag for your car, thus consuming more gas.  Same goes for driving with bike, luggage, or ski racks.  If you are not putting them to use it is best to remove them from your car and store them at home.  Your gas tank will see a better result from doing so.
  • Never Leave Your Car Idling…….We all know how it is to keep the car running while you are waiting for someone to get in the car.  However leaving your car idling is one of the biggest gas wasters out there.  Not to mention not only does it suck the gas out of your car’s tank it also is a major pollutant to the environment and air around us. You will still be waiting whether the car is off or on.

 

These are just a few of gas saving tips that may help you save money on fuel every month.  Not to mention Earth will thank you too! So remember to fill up before your gas light comes on, follow these money saving tips, and you just might see your savings account go up.  I know we all wouldn’t mind that!

 

Reasons to keep up with your Auto Maintenance Services

The fact that you bought your vehicle the other day when in good condition doesn’t mean you should forget about the auto repair shop. We don’t take our vehicles to an auto mechanic when in need of repairs only. The truth is that your vehicle needs regular maintenance and service to ensure optimal performance. A well-maintained vehicle performs and runs more efficiently, but a poorly maintained vehicle often causes problems every time.

So, is there a good reason why you should keep up with your car maintenance service? Yes, there are plenty of reasons. Never assume that your vehicle is okay when you can’t even remember the last time you passed by an auto repair shop. You don’t service your vehicle when it has broken down. Regular vehicle maintenance and servicing will prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road. It will also save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are reasons to maintain your vehicle on a regular basis.

To ensure Safety

One of the reasons to regularly service your car is to ensure your safety when driving. Remember your family’s safety is also very important. You want to keep everyone safe including those on the road. An auto mechanic can identify potential problems with your vehicle that could put your safety at risk and fix them. Critical parts of your vehicle that always need servicing include your suspension and braking system.

As stated, just because your vehicle looks okay doesn’t mean everything is in good condition. Having your vehicle serviced by a professional ensures your safety and provides you with the peace of mind that your vehicle is in good condition.

Increase Fuel Efficiency and Vehicle Performance

One of the things an auto mechanic does during your routine auto maintenance service is checking your vehicle’s oil, fluids, and internal components to make sure they are working properly. This helps to reduce the rate of internal wear thereby improving the overall performance of your vehicle. Everyone wants to have a dependable vehicle and one that ensures fuel efficiency.

Save Money

When car problems are diagnosed and identified early, it becomes easier to fix them and prevent serious damage down the line. This is only possible when you take your vehicle for regular servicing. In the long run, you’ll have saved a lot of money. Failure to service your vehicle can result in a breakdown which is both inconvenient and costly.

Prolong Your Vehicle’s Life

It’s obvious that your vehicle will have an extended life when you maintain it properly. Servicing ensures all the vehicle components and systems are functioning properly and optimally which prolongs the life of the vehicle.

Maintaining the Value of Your Vehicle

If you’ve ever sold a second-hand vehicle to another person, you understand how competitive this market can be. Most of those buying vehicles want more for their money. The buyer might want to know the service history of your vehicle before closing the deal. Having your service records well organized will help you sell your vehicle at a higher value.