NEW! Our Hero’s Journey tool can help you with your next step towards financial freedom - click here to try now.
Advertiser Disclosure

10 quick checks to save money on your car

10 quick checks to save money on your car
Image source: Getty Images

A year of on and off lockdowns, home working and a lack of school runs has probably not been kind to your car. If your vehicle is languishing on your driveway, then it may be time to do something about it. As we head towards a post lockdown world, Leasing Options has created a list of 10 quick checks that you can do to save money on your car.

1. Get cleaning

Did you know that tree sap and bird droppings can damage your car’s paintwork? If you wait too long to clean them off, it could burn all the way through the paint surface to the metal. In order to repair this, you would need to repaint an entire panel. The cost of this starts at around £350.

So a very simple way to save money on your car is to clean it. Just giving it a wash down or applying a wax coat can help to prevent damage.

2. Think about your battery

You’re probably so used to driving around on a regular basis that you may not have thought about how your car’s battery is doing if you aren’t out on the roads.

In order to avoid any battery issues and an emergency call out to a recovery service, try to run your car’s engine for at least 15 minutes once a week.

Plot your path towards financial freedom with our Hero’s Journey tool!

MyWalletHero is here to help you learn about taking control of your money, whether that’s paying off debt, working towards a short-term money goal, or investing for your future.

This tool can help you understand the next steps on your journey – simply choose a goal that best describes your current interests to get started.

3. Level up those liquids

Now, most car drivers know that there are different types of liquids under the hood. What they all do, we may not completely understand. But what you need to know to save yourself some money is that if your car has been inactive for a long time, these liquids can separate.

So before revving up your engine again, check your liquid levels and give them a little top up if they need it.

4. Call in pest control

This may not be pleasant to think about, but small animals have a habit of setting up home anywhere. And if your car has been sat there for a while, they may have decided it is the perfect spot to nestle down.

Give your car a sweep and check for any wires that could have been chewed. This could save you money on any expensive repairs.

5. Feel the pressure

A key car maintenance task is to check your tyre pressure. If you haven’t used your car in a while, then it is particularly important to do this. Low pressure can lead to premature tyre wear, make your car difficult to control and increase the chances of punctures.

6. Check those flat spots

On the subject of tyres, check whether you have any flat spots. If your car has not moved in a while, its weight may have caused the tyres to flatten where they touch the ground. Replacement tyres can be expensive. So in order to save money on your car just make sure to move your car regularly to prevent flat spots.

Could you be rewarded for your everyday spending?

Rewards credit cards include schemes that reward you simply for using your credit card. When you spend money on a rewards card you could earn loyalty points, in-store vouchers airmiles, and more. MyWalletHero makes it easy for you to find a card that matches your spending habits so you can get the most value from your rewards.

7. It’s brake time

Nobody wants rusty brakes. So once again, keeping them clean could really pay off in the long run. Taking the car out for a spin now and then can help to prevent any rust from building up.

8. Let go of that handbrake

There is nothing worse than being all set to go and the handbrake just won’t release. Inactivity can lead to it getting stuck. So if you want to avoid spending money replacing it because of rust and corrosion, make sure that you drive your car every now and then.

Alternatively, if it’s inactive and in a level location, maybe leave the car in gear rather than putting the handbrake on. Just remember to take it out of gear before starting it up again.

9. Fill up the tank

While you may be rubbing your hands with glee because you haven’t had to fill up in a while, your petrol tank will be less happy. If left inactive for longer than 30 days, moisture can accumulate in the tank. This can lead to all sorts of damage.

Filling up prior to any period of inactivity will slow the rate at which the fuel degrades due to oxidation. This in turn will save you money and keep your engine healthy.

10. Get on the road

The simplest way to save yourself money on your car is to take it for a spin. Regularly firing up the engine and going for a drive that is 15 minutes or longer will keep things moving as they should. The car’s lubricants can circulate, rust will be reduced and those flat spots can be prevented.

Are you making these 3 common investing mistakes?

These all-too-common investing errors can cause you to miss out on the long-term wealth-building power that shares can hold….

To help you side-step these pitfalls, and move forward on your path to wealth-building, we’ve created a free report, “The 3 Worst Mistakes New Investors Make”.

Just enter you best email below for instant access to your free copy.

By checking this box and submitting your email address, you agree to MyWalletHero sending you emails with money tips, along with details of products and services that we think might interest you. You can unsubscribe from future emails at any time. You also consent to us processing your personal data in line with our privacy policy, and our cookie statement. For more information, including how we collect, store, and handle personal data, please read our Privacy Statement and Terms & Conditions.

Some offers on MyWalletHero are from our partners — it’s how we make money and keep this site going. But does that impact our ratings? Nope. Our commitment is to you. If a product isn’t any good, our rating will reflect that, or we won’t list it at all. Also, while we aim to feature the best products available, we do not review every product on the market. Learn more here. The statements above are The Motley Fool’s alone and have not been provided or endorsed by bank advertisers. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, Hargreaves Lansdown, HSBC Holdings, Lloyds Banking Group, Mastercard, and Tesco.