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Posted by moneyscrapbook on July 23rd, 2020

The cost of running a car seems to keep rising, but there are a few ways to put the brakes on your spending. Follow our 10 tips to help you save hundreds of pounds on your car costs - save money

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31. Find the cheapest fuel prices in your area Find out which cheap fuel price apps and websites came out on top in our expert test. Plus, get details of all the latest supermarket and other fuel-saving deals with our fuel prices guide. We update it weekly.

32. Cut the cost of your MOT There's a maximum test fee of £54.85 set by the government for car MOTs, but service centres often run half-price deals. Check what's on offer in your area before you book. Some garages try to attract customers by offering reduced prices. To avoid the cowboys, choose a garage through a personal recommendation. Find out more: Which? Trusted Traders - find reputable garages recommended by Which?

33. Save money on your sat nav You don't have to pay over the odds to get a great sat nav system. We even rated some free navigation apps as Best Buys in our latest round of testing. The best sat nav systems are easy to set up and use, and get you from A to B with the minimum of fuss. The worst are confusing and annoying, and more likely to leave you reaching for a map. Make sure you buy the right system for you and don't pay over the odds. Find out more: sat nav reviews - our experts have rated more than 80 sat navs

34. Pay less for vehicle checks Whether you're buying a vehicle privately or from a dealer, checking the car's history is essential. Which? Car compared vehicle check services and found that Experian AutoCheck and HPI are worth the £19.99 you pay for cover.

35. Buy your car insurance online If you're looking to save money on car cover, it makes sense to buy online. Our last survey showed that it's generally much cheaper than buying over the phone. Also, be sure to review your insurance costs each year and switch to a Which? Recommended Provider for the best cover and service. Go further: Which? car insurance reviews - see which insurance company is rated highest

36. Get better-value breakdown cover Join a breakdown service to help you cut costs if your car packs up. Our car breakdown cover survey rates providers on both speed of arrival, customer satisfaction and value for money. Find out more: Breakdown services survey - we name our Which? Recommended Providers

37. Make money from your parking space There are plenty of websites that allow you to rent out your empty driveway or garage to motorists needing a place to park. You normally pay a one-off registration fee to have your space advertised - the cost of renting a space is up to the space owner.

38. Join a car-sharing scheme Joining a car-sharing scheme could halve your fuel costs. According to liftshare.com, sharing a daily commute can save you more than £1,000 a year.

39. Grab a green car Cars with the lowest CO2 emissions are exempt from car tax charges, while the worst gas guzzlers could incur annual fees of up to £515. Find out more: Green car technologies - our all-inclusive guide

40. Find cheap car parts For discount car parts, try AutoTrader's used car parts finder. You can search a database of more than 450,000 quality used car parts from nationally recognised salvage experts.

The cost of running a car seems to keep rising, but there are a few ways to put the brakes on your spending. Follow our 10 tips to help you save hundreds of pounds on your car costs. 31. Find the cheapest fuel prices in your area Find out which cheap fuel price apps and websites came out on top in our expert test. Plus, get details of all the latest supermarket and other fuel-saving deals with our fuel prices guide. We update it weekly. 32. Cut the cost of your MOT There's a maximum test fee of £54.85 set by the government for car MOTs, but service centres often run half-price deals. Check what's on offer in your area before you book. Some garages try to attract customers by offering reduced prices. To avoid the cowboys, choose a garage through a personal recommendation. Find out more: Which? Trusted Traders - find reputable garages recommended by Which? 33. Save money on your sat nav You don't have to pay over the odds to get a great sat nav system. We even rated some free navigation apps as Best Buys in our latest round of testing. The best sat nav systems are easy to set up and use, and get you from A to B with the minimum of fuss. The worst are confusing and annoying, and more likely to leave you reaching for a map. Make sure you buy the right system for you and don't pay over the odds. Find out more: sat nav reviews - our experts have rated more than 80 sat navs 34. Pay less for vehicle checks Whether you're buying a vehicle privately or from a dealer, checking the car's history is essential. Which? Car compared vehicle check services and found that Experian AutoCheck and HPI are worth the £19.99 you pay for cover. 35. Buy your car insurance online If you're looking to save money on car cover, it makes sense to buy online. Our last survey showed that it's generally much cheaper than buying over the phone. Also, be sure to review your insurance costs each year and switch to a Which? Recommended Provider for the best cover and service. Go further: Which? car insurance reviews - see which insurance company is rated highest 36. Get better-value breakdown cover Join a breakdown service to help you cut costs if your car packs up. Our car breakdown cover survey rates providers on both speed of arrival, customer satisfaction and value for money. Find out more: Breakdown services survey - we name our Which? Recommended Providers 37. Make money from your parking space There are plenty of websites that allow you to rent out your empty driveway or garage to motorists needing a place to park. You normally pay a one-off registration fee to have your space advertised - the cost of renting a space is up to the space owner. 38. Join a car-sharing scheme Joining a car-sharing scheme could halve your fuel costs. According to liftshare.com, sharing a daily commute can save you more than £1,000 a year. 39. Grab a green car Cars with the lowest CO2 emissions are exempt from car tax charges, while the worst gas guzzlers could incur annual fees of up to £515. Find out more: Green car technologies - our all-inclusive guide 40. Find cheap car parts For discount car parts, try AutoTrader's used car parts finder. You can search a database of more than 450,000 quality used car parts from nationally recognised salvage experts.

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/money/money-saving-tips/saving-money/50-ways-to-save-money-a9g329r4s8hm - Which?

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