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You’ll be miles ahead with your car finance with our thrifty guide
With more than 31.5 million licenced cars in the UK, motoringresearch.com found that the average car costs more than £388 a month to run. So how can we save some money when we're on the road? 1 Pay for your car tax in one payment if you can. It will save you 5%. 2 The price of fuel can vary even in the same village. Always look around for the lowest prices. 3 Look for council MOT test centres – they’ll usually do MOTs for the public but won’t do repairs. That means they have nothing to gain from you failing your MOT. 4 When it comes to car insurance, never just renew. Always compare prices online using websites such as Compare The Market, Go Compare or confused.com. Always declare any points. 5 If you’ve got points on your licence, it might be worth adding a second driver to your insurance. 6 When getting your car fixed, get quotes for parts and labour. You might find that it’s cheaper buying car parts yourself. 7 You could get a £1,000 fine if your driving licence isn’t up to date, or contains any wrong details – so check it now! 8 Check to see if your debit or credit card includes breakdown cover. If not, hunt around for the best deal. 9 If you don’t drive often it might be worth joining a car club – after you pay a joining fee, you’ll find cars parked all over cities that you can use for a minimal fee, plus mileage. Or try car sharing – check out liftshare.com.