How to CUT CAR COSTS
BUY THE RIGHT CAR FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
A luxury SUV will cost many thousands of dollars more to drive over its lifetime than a fuel-efficient compact. If you don’t need a huge car, don’t buy one.
MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE REGISTRATION IS CURRENT
The fine for driving with an expired vehicle registration is $310. AMA offers automatic vehicle registration to its members at no extra cost – log in and sign up at ama.ab.ca/automatic.
KEEP A REGULAR MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
You can curtail pricey repairs with simple steps like getting regular oil changes, making sure all hinges and latches are lubricated, and checking your lights.
DRIVE WITH CAUTION
Nothing boosts car costs like speeding tickets or replacing a smashed vehicle. Accidents can also drive up insurance.
CHECK YOUR TIRES
Improper tire pressure and tire wear can wreak havoc with your fuel economy. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and monitor tread wear to boost your efficiency and your savings.