Money-Saving Maintenance Tips

You’ve probably heard by now about a few of the money-saving technologies that automakers are including in new vehicle models. Everybody likes to save a little money here and there, but don’t go rushing out to buy a new car right away. Here are a few things the U.S. Department of Energy says you can do to the car you have right now to save on gas.

$0.13/Gallon: Tune Your Engine

Need a tune-up? Heading to your certified technician can do more than just improve your vehicle’s performance. Keeping your engine in tune can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy by 4%, or $0.13 per gallon of gas.

$0.10/Gallon: Inflate Your Tires

Do you know what the proper tire inflation pressure is for the tires on your vehicle? You won’t find it on the sidewall of your tires. Check the sticker on your driver’s side door jamb or your vehicle owner’s manual for the correct air pressure. Keeping your tires at this inflation pressure can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 3% or $0.10 per gallon of fuel. We recommend checking your tires at least once a month to keep them at the right air pressure.

$0.07/Gallon: Use the Right Motor Oil

If you use your automaker’s recommended motor oil grade in your vehicle, you can improve your gas mileage by 1–2% or $0.03–$0.07 per gallon.

Did you do the math? Just by doing these three easy things, you can save yourself up to $0.30 per gallon. When you head in for your routine maintenance at your certified installer, they can easily help you make sure that your engine, tires, and motor oil are in the right condition for your vehicle. Not only will you notice better performance on the road, but you also might find that your wallet is a little heavier.