From the cost of fuel to scheduled (and unscheduled) trips to the mechanic, those costs can really add up. If you want to get your budget under control, you need to look for creative ways to save. Here are six ways Clean Machine Car Wash has found to trim your automotive expenses in the coming year. With all the money you save, you may want to invest in one of the many Clean Machine monthly unlimited wash plans!

#1. Switch to the Lowest Grade Gasoline
Most cars will run just fine on 87 octane fuel, so test your vehicle and see if you can save some money. Wait until your tank is close to empty, fill it up with low test and see how it runs. If your car runs fine, you could save hundreds of dollars with this simple change.

If you notice a degradation in performance, you can always go back to test when the tank runs dry. Either way, there is no harm in seeing if your vehicle will run on lower octane fuel.

#2. Raise Your Insurance Deductible
Raising the deductible on your automobile insurance from $250 to $500 could save you hundreds of dollars on premiums. Raising the deductible to $1,000 could save you even more.

To make this change work, just take the money you save and put it in a savings account. If you file a claim, you can use that cash to fund your deductible. If you remain accident-free, you can pocket the savings month after month and year after year.

#3. Get a Tune-Up
Even if your car is running well, a tune-up can help it run better and more efficiently. An efficiently running engine can improve your fuel economy substantially, helping you save at the pump.

Tuning your vehicle up now can also reduce the odds of a costly breakdown. While your car is in for its tune-up, your mechanic can give it a good once over, potentially finding issues that might have led to trouble down the line.

#4. Consider Carpooling
If you have a long commute, joining an existing carpool - or setting up a new one - could save you hundreds of dollars a year. Carpooling is also good for the environment, so there is no reason not to do it.

If a carpool is not an option, look into alternative forms of transportation. Taking public transportation could save you a lot of money and reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle.

#5. Lighten the Load
Having too much weight in your vehicle can really take a toll on your fuel economy, so take the time to clean out the trunk and lighten the load. Keeping your car uncluttered will also make handling emergency situations easier. If you get a flat tire, you will not have to dig through your overloaded trunk to find the spare and the jack.

There are certain things you should have in your vehicle, like an emergency kit and perhaps a quart of oil, but the rest of the stuff can probably go.

#6. Join Clean Machine’s Unlimited Wash Plan
As much as you drive around the South Florida area, it’s nice to have a clean vehicle to do it in. Clean Machine’s Unlimited Wash Plan lets you wash your car as often as once a day for one low monthly price. We’ve got plans starting at just $29.95/month. Now that’s a great way to save some money! More info here.

Whether you drive a brand-new car or a decades-old pickup truck, a few simple changes can cut your operating expenses and put more money in your pocket. Making the six simple changes outlined above can reduce your automotive expenses going forward, so you can drive more and spend less.

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