How to Keep and Maintain an Affordable Vehicle

Any vehicle owner in New Zealand – or any country for that matter – knows that keeping a car is not a cheap thing to do. Between Warrant of Witnesses, registrations, petrol, repairs, insurance and other vehicle related expenses, it’s no surprise that to own and maintain a vehicle, it costs hundreds – sometimes thousands – of dollars each year.

Luckily though, there are easy ways that you can save on your vehicle. Whether it’s a car, ute, van, 4WD or truck, there are many small things you can do as a vehicle owner to keep costs down.

In the 3DFoin Cheap Car Guide, we’ll discuss the different ways that you can save money with your vehicle, including buying or selling a car, cleaning a car and maintaining a car. Read more information on maintaining an affordable vehicle below this image.

Affordable Car Guide

Is your current vehicle economical on fuel?

One of the main contributors to an expensive car is how much petrol it uses. Unfortunately, some vehicles out there are built for power – therefore, are not very fuel efficient. If you’re looking for ways to save on your vehicle, and yours is built for power, it may be time to consider trading it in for a more efficient one.

Want to see what vehicles are the most fuel efficient, and which are the least? Take a look at the 2015 Best and Worst Fuel Economy Vehicles here.

How often are you using your vehicle?

Once we’ve gotten used to owning a vehicle, it can be only too easy to overuse it. How many times have you gotten into your vehicle to drive down just the road or around the corner? How many times have you avoided going for a long walk somewhere and instead taken the lazy route of using your car?

Sometimes convenience and ease overrides what you should do – which is avoid getting in the car and walking to where you need to go instead! Not only is this better for your health, but it can dramatically cut your petrol bill.

Take a look at these 6 great alternatives to driving your vehicle in New Zealand.

Cheap Car Guide

How many vehicles are there in your household?

Do you really need 3 vehicles for a family where only 2 people have licenses? Especially if these are old, scrap or wrecked vehicles that may be sitting untouched at the back of your property!

Cut down the amount of vehicles your family has to the bare minimum. One per person is ideal, but if you can survive with one car between 2 people, do it! You’ll save heaps on vehicle costs.

You can even sell those vehicles that are wrecked or junk and make money from them! Try listing it on a local car selling website or taking it to your local car wreckers.

How often does your vehicle get serviced?

It’s unfortunate that many vehicle owners don’t get their cars serviced on a regular basis. Getting a car serviced regularly by a professional Auckland mechanic does cost money, however, it can actually save you money in the long run by avoiding expensive repairs.

You can read more information about keeping your car in a great working condition on the Maintenance page.