How can I reduce the costs of car maintenance?

I've had some really bad clunker cars over the course of my life, but I just bought a relatively new car. I don't want to spend more on maintenance than I have to. How can I reduce the costs of car maintenance?

Answer
“The best thing you can do to reduce the costs of car maintenance is to stay on the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule.
In your owner’s manual, the automaker will outline how often you should take the car in, and they often have a manufacturer’s warranty or a used car warranty for certified pre-owned vehicles that should cover some components.
In addition, you should:
  • Get your oil changed regularly.
  • Drive more defensively.
  • Do your own maintenance on simple components.
  • Tackle issues as they arise rather than waiting.
Doing these things can lower your costs of maintenance and make sure that you car lasts as long as possible.
Another thing to keep in mind to protect your vehicle is your car insurance. While insurance might not be considered maintenance, it does help payout in the event of an accident, saving you money when you need to repair your car. If you want help shopping for the best coverage at the lowest price, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top providers and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes. And the best part–it’s free to shop for insurance with Jerry.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 30, 2021
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