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How You Throw Money Away on Your Vehicle

Outside of buying a home, a vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases people make in their lifetime. But did you know that you could be throwing your money away on it long after you buy it?  If you’d like to keep your hard earned cash avoid these common  and costly mistakes…

 

Oil Changes Every 3,000 Miles

Regular oil changes are important to maintain proper lubrication in your vehicle’s engine but having oil changes completed too often can be an unnecessary expense.  While most dealerships strongly encourage people to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, experts have agreed it simply isn’t needed that frequently.  Broadmoor Motors recommends to customers having it changed every 4,000 miles to maintain a clean and healthy engine.

 

Premium Gas vs. Regular

Higher octane helps prevent knocking in engines but if it’s not recommended for a vehicle, the user is just throwing money away.  While some people view octane levels as good, better and best, that simply isn’t the case.  Most engines are designed to take regular gas and using premium will not enhance performance.  Unless you have a more powerful engine and the manufacturer recommends a higher octane, save yourself some pain at the pump… fill it with regular.

 

Dealership Maintenance Schedule

Regular maintenance is an absolute must for extending the life of your vehicle, but how do you know how often to have it done?  It may seem like a good idea to listen to your dealership when they recommend having service done but it’s possible their recommendations benefit them more than you.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance to be sure that you are indeed helping your vehicle and pocketbook.

 

Underinflated Tires

Did you know that a tire under inflated by even 6 psi can cost you 5% of your fuel efficiency, reduce the lifespan of that tire by 25% and even lead to failure?  It’s true.  Low tire pressure is not only dangerous but it can take a big hit on your wallet as well with additional money spent on gas and replacement.  A tire that’s correctly inflated will last longer, keep your safer and use less gas. To save money on fuel and unwanted additional wear to your treads, keep your tires inflated to the psi recommended by the manufacturer.

 

Stop and Go

While you may not be cruising the strip needlessly, you might still be wasting your fuel’s efficiency and adding unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle by making more trips than you really need to do.  Instead of running out to grab a couple of ingredients for a dinner recipe or picking the kids up from practice separately, try combining as many errands into one trip as possible.  It may not always be possible, deciding to make a necessary stop while you are already out on the road, you’ll end up saving money on gas and the grueling wear and tear on your car.

 

Warming Up Engine

Once an imperative practice to increase your vehicles longevity, warming up your engine for 5-10 minutes is no longer required.  Back in the day, when carburetors were a crucial engine component, letting a car warm up was highly recommended to keep it working well.  With the invention of fuel injection engines in the late 80’s and early 90’s, idling lost its purpose.  True, a cold engine is less fuel efficient than a warm one but driving your vehicle will warm it faster than leaving it to run in your driveway.  Not only does idling waste gas and money, but it also can cause inadvertent wear on your engine.  That being said, sometimes it’s necessary to letting it heat up a bit in winter to clear the windshield.  Always make sure you have a clear line of visibility and that your windshield is free of all snow, ice and fog.

 

Auto Insurance

You need it and you should have it but there are a couple of different ways that you could be throwing away money on your auto insurance.  Having a low deductible sounds good in theory but you should ask yourself if you’re really going to make a claim for anything less than $1000.  If you aren’t, you should raise that deductible to $1000.  It doesn’t hurt to shop around for prices for your premium either.  You may not find a cheaper price but at least you’ll know.

 

Ignoring Engine Warning Light

An engine warning light indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored.  Reasons for it engaging can vary from something as simple as a loose gas cap or a malfunctioning sensor to a faulty catalytic convertor, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands of dollars in repairs.  The most important thing to remember… whatever the issue, it won’t solve itself and ignoring it longer will only increase the cost of repairing the issue.

 

 

At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used car, minivan, truck, or SUV to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Caledonia and Hastings locations with financing available to those who qualify, we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.

Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental.  Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia  or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

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