Record Gas Prices Make it Perfect Time to “Be Car Care Aware”
With gas prices reaching close to a dollar a litre in some pats of the country, Car Care Canada is offering gas saving maintenance and driving tips that really work.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gasoline is wasted every day by motorists, because simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance is neglected,” says Car Care Canada’s Marc Brazeau. “Loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy.”
Car Care Canada offers these fuel-saving tips:
- Vehicle gas caps – In Canada, the provinces with emissions testing programs suggest that this is a common cause for failing an emissions test – yet it is simple and inexpensive to fix. According to US studies, about 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether.
- Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake.
- Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,500 km, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
- Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
Other fuel-saving driving tips include:
- Don’t be an aggressive driver – Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 2 to 15 cents per litre.
- Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero miles per litre. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
- Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 100kph. Each kph driven over 100 will result in an additional 3 cents per litre. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.
Not only will maintaining your vehicle save you money, it will also help you to protect the environment by reducing emissions.
Read more at www.carcarecanada.ca.
Save up to $25,000 or more by maintaining your current vehicle!
So how can you save up to $25,000 or more by maintaining your current vehicle rather than purchasing a new car or truck?
Here’s some points to ponder!
If you have a reliable vehicle that is paid for, as an example, you may be spending $1000 per year on preventive maintenance service (regular oil changes and inspections) and general repair.
A new car or truck priced at a modest cost of $30,000 will not only have a monthly payment and interest structure if financed, but insurance costs are also higher. So, let’s say as an example, you spend $1000 for service, repair, and accessories on your current vehicle this year as opposed to payments of $450-$800 per month (based on interest rate, down payment, and total length of payment plan).
At $600 per month, you would spend $7,200 this year on car payments, plus pay higher vehicle insurance rates. Over a four year period, the savings are dramatic – in this case, a savings of over $6,200 per year. And if you placed the same amount as the car payment in a savings account you would have earned interest!
Even if you had a major repair of perhaps $2000 during one year of a four-year payment plan of $600 per month, the savings to you are still substantial over the payment period.
So before you buy a new vehicle, compare your options and if you are comfortable with your current car or truck, maintain it with Marks Auto Service and save some money for other expenditures!