If saving money—one of the top New Year’s resolutions, according to USA.gov—is on your 2011 agenda, consider starting with your car. By making a few changes, you could save hundreds or more over the course of the year.
If you live near a grocery store chain that offers discounts on gasoline, consider enrolling in its rewards program. Also, check to see if your credit card company offers cash back on gasoline purchases or similar rewards. And, before you buy premium gasoline, check your owner’s manual. Most cars run well on regular—which is about 20 cents less per gallon.
Read your owner’s manual to find out exactly what maintenance is recommended for your car. Then, follow that schedule to avoid paying for service that might not be necessary, such as a transmission fluid change.
Even though you’re required to buy car insurance, you have a choice in your insurer and your coverage—and often, it pays to shop around. Get a free auto insurance quote from Progressive to find out if you could save over $500 a year.*
Rental car insurance
In many cases, your personal auto insurance extends to the car you rent. So, when you book your next rental car, confirm with your car insurance company that you’re covered, then consider turning down the rental car company’s damage waiver, which could cost as much as $19 a day, and liability insurance, which could cost between $7-14 a day.
*National annual average savings by new customers surveyed who saved with Progressive March-May 2010.
The information in this blog may vary based on your particular state or situation. Always refer to your insurance policy for your specific coverages.