5 Ways to Save Money on Car Expenses

Josh Sens

Owning a vehicle is convenient, but costs add up. Follow some simple tips to keep expenses down.

Practice prevention.

Minor maintenance now can fend off major maintenance later. Change air filters and oil, and keep tires properly inflated to reduce wear and increase fuel efficiency. (Your vehicle's owner manual is a good reference guide.) Get regular tune-ups to minimize costly problems in the future. Keep in mind: AAA Members can save 10% off labor costs* at AAA Auto Approved Repair Shops. Finally, even with proper maintenance unexpected breakdowns can happen any time, anywhere. Consider upgrading to a AAA Plus Membership to get 100 miles of free towing and other money saving benefits.

Don't waste gas.

Smarter driving habits mean savings at the pump. Avoid quick starts and stops, as well as fuel-wasting warm-ups and idling. Carpool when possible and stick to the speed limit. For every five miles per hour over 50 mph you go, your car's gas mileage may drop by 7 percent or more.

Use a smart tool.

The AAA Mobile App not only finds the station with the cheapest gas near you, but also shows the most fuel-efficient route to get there.

Pay less for fuel.

Your new driving habits will help you reduce how often you have to fill up, but you can also cut costs at the pump. AAA Members save at least 5 cents per gallon on every fill-up at Shell when you join the Fuel Rewards® program.

Save on insurance.

When you choose AAA Auto Insurance, our agents will help you take advantage of all the discounts available to you. Request a quote online, stop by your local branch, or call 1-855-282-2275


*Members save a minimum of 10% (up to $50) on repair service labor at AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities. Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon. Valid AAA membership card must be presented at a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility at time of service. All repairs are guaranteed by the AAA Approved Auto Repair facility for 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first, under normal operating conditions, unless otherwise stated in writing. Other restrictions may apply. See facility for details.


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