Owning a car is not just don't pay for your loan payment every month, paying your car insurance, and buying gas. Unfortunately, there are also other additional to manage. Maintaining your car properly keeps it running smoothly and helps limit the major costs you could encounter if something goes significantly wrong. Plan to pay these five unavoidable costs.
1. Oil Changes.
Your car can't keep running forever on the same motor oil. Your owner's manual will guide you on the number of times you need to change the oil, and if you'd like, you can top it off on your own halfway through the interval to ascertain that the oil is enough to get all the way to the recommended time to change it. One way to reduce this expense is to find coupons for oil and oil changes.
2. New Tires.
Your car will go through a set of tires every 40,000 miles or so, depending on the car and the tires. You can help prolong their life and decrease your overall vehicle repair costs by keeping them inflated to the proper level and rotating them every 5,000 miles to help them wear evenly. Keep an eye out for tires with low tread so you can start saving up to replace them.
3. Brake Pads.
You will need to replace your brake pads every 30,000 miles or so, depending on how you drive. If you do more highway miles than city miles, your brakes will likely last much longer than that, especially if you make an effort to keep from braking hard and coast to a stop as much as possible.
Most car batteries are rated to last anywhere from 2 to 5 years under normal conditions. Selecting batteries with longer life spans will be more costly up front but save you in the eventually. In addition, maintain the connections going into the battery to help it last as long as it's supposed to and limit your vehicle repair costs.
5. Scheduled Maintenance.
The last major category of costs is for general scheduled maintenance. The owner's manual for your car is the best place to find the information you need to estimate these costs. The manual will let you know when you need to replace spark plugs, belts, and other major components. Plan ahead so you have money to pay for these when it's time.
By being aware that these maintenance costs are coming, it's a lot easier to plan for them in advance so you don't have any major bumps in your budget so you will have the money on hand to cover these maintenance costs.
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