5 Ways to Save Money on Car Expenses

Owning a vehicle is convenient, but costs add up. Follow some simple tips to keep expenses down.

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Save at the pump and beyond.
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Practice prevention.

Minor maintenance now can fend off major maintenance later. Change air filters and oil, and keep tires properly inflated to reduce wear and increase fuel efficiency. (Your vehicle's owner manual is a good reference guide.) Get regular tune-ups to minimize costly problems in the future. Keep in mind: AAA Members receive 10 percent off labor costs at AAA Approved Auto Repair shops.

Don't waste gas.

Smarter driving habits mean savings at the pump. Avoid quick starts and stops, as well as fuel-wasting warm-ups and idling. Carpool when possible, and stick to the speed limit. For every five miles per hour over 50 mph you go, your car's gas mileage may drop by 7 percent or more.

Use a smart tool.

The AAA Mobile app not only finds the station with the cheapest gas near you, but also shows the most fuel-efficient route to get there.

Pay less for fuel and EV charging.

Your new driving habits will help you reduce how often you have to fill up, but you can also cut costs at the pump. AAA Members save at least 5 cents per gallon on every fill-up at Shell when you join the Fuel Rewards® program.

Drive an electric car? AAA Members qualify for a free membership to EVgo (currently $7.99 per month), the nation's largest public charging network, and get 10 percent off standard fast charging rates.

Save on insurance.

Bundling your auto coverage with your renters or homeowners insurance and life insurance can save you up to 15 percent. Stop by a branch to review your policies with an agent, or go online to request an insurance quote or schedule an assessment by phone.

This article was first published in Spring 2017 and last updated in November 2019.