Guide To Lowering Your Auto Related Expenses

Dated: 09/28/2017

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As a former auto tech I put together some helpful hints as to how you can save a few bucks and keep your car in tip top shape


Slow and steady.
Gas mileage decreases at speeds over 50 mph. In fact, every 5 mph you drive above 50 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents per gallon of gas.

Get some air. Replacing your air filter every 30,000 miles will help keep dirt out of your engine and save fuel. On most cars, you can do it yourself in less than five minutes.
Idle hands. Idling while parked can use a quarter- to a half-gallon of fuel per hour. By contrast, starting your vehicle requires only 10 seconds worth of fuel. If you stop to look for directions or to call a client, be sure to turn off your engine.
Check gas apps. Find the lowest gas price along your route using an app like GasBuddy or Gas Guru for Android or iPhone.
Bundle up. Insuring your home and auto with a single company, or bundling your policies, can discount your rates up to 10 percent a year.
Read the manual. A quick glance at your owner's manual before routine service at the dealership could save you from unnecessary extras.
DIY. Check how-to videos online to learn how to do minor repair jobs yourself. Replacing your own wiper blades and fuses or topping off fluids can save you cash

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Jim Mazzerina

ABR, CRS, E-Pro, RSPS, SFR, SRES Jim is a “Jersey boy” originally from north Jersey in the Totowa, Little Falls area. He made the move to Stafford about 30 years ago, after finding the perfect....

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