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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Running a Car and the Challenge

I have a little car that I use relatively sparingly but I need it to get to my daughters homes who live 19 and 26 miles away. There is no public transport that can get me from my house to either place easily, promptly or a cheaply.  When I am needed for childcare throughout half term  I have to be in Ipswich by 7:45 to look after the grandchildren.
The MOT was due and I knew the car needed new tyres so I popped along to a local tyre centre. I researched rough costs on line, as being a lone women walking into mainly a male trade I wanted to sound a little knowledgeable. I chose a F1autocentre, the guy at the desk was very helpful and broke the news that I needed 4 tyres.  My tyres were actually 11 years old, a year older than the car! Yikes. He told me to go on line and purchase my tyres from their website direct as it would work out a lot cheaper then a 'walk in price'.  Apparently this enables head office to keep tabs on numbers sold and get better discounts from their suppliers.  

He quoted £267.79 in store for a non budget named brand  Tyre (Fuel efficient c rating, wet A rating). Whereas online with an additional £8 discount code and a free winter Safety check the price was £215.86, a saving of £51.93. I did spend a further £47.94 having a Geometry check (not the same as balancing)  so the wheels and drive shafts etc are all in line which will in turn reduce fuel and keep he tyres wearing evenly.  Still a £3.99 saving. The free winter check unfortunately highlighted the fact that I need new brake pads and discs as they pads were on the legal limit and the discs are scored. They quoted  £222.05 for this.  Hubby took my car for its MOT and it passed after having a binding rear brake adjusted which cost £65 all in. He asked the garage about the brakes and pads, he was told that they are on the legal limit for the time being. But if I wanted them done sooner rather than later it would cost £90. A lot cheaper then the 'Tyre' store. 

So this got me thinking, normally my car doesn't cosy anything like this. So I'll add the cost of the brake repair, MOT and Tyres ( £90 + £65 + £263.80) £418.80 this figure will be my savings target.  I'm going to design a spreadsheet to log any savings made by shopping astutely. This includes yellow sticker savings, Supermarket special discounts like 25% off TU & Asda clothing, online purchases, basically anything I do not have to pay full price for. This will not include supermarket offer savings. Its quite a bit of money to claw back but I have a year to do it and I have got off to a great start, more about that later in the week.


Bye for now. Tx




18 comments:

  1. When I had a car, shopping for tires was often difficult unless I knew exactly what I wanted and shopped "sales." These were often at the whim of managers and I found it easier to go through my mechanic who was not affiliated with the tire store and could purchase tires more cheaply for his shop. Good luck on your savings over the year.

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    1. It is a mine field. At least our mechanic can do the brakes much cheaper.

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  2. I have to put my hand up and say the only thing I know about my car is how to drive it! But I do know Mark has purchased tyres on line before now because it's been a lot cheaper. Good idea to have a car pot. Mark's Dad used to say it wasn't buying a car that was the problem it was having the money to keep it on the road and he's right. Tax, MOT, Service, Fuel, Insurance etc. all mounts up but at least you'll have a head start from now on. xx

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    1. Yep, my tax, not, insurance are all due at the same time!! It still beats public transport, although I'm hoping we will still get bus passes at 66.

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  3. That's a lot of money to be looking at all at once isn't it. I have a monthly "envelope" for car maintenance (and other such things) - you really can't be without some kind of specific savings can you.

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    1. I save for the normal costs but I really wasn't expecting 4 tyres or the brakes.

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  4. We bought a new van in February, traded in two vehicles and went down to one new one. Living where we do we need winter snow tires. 4 winter tires and rims $1,400. That was a deal as GS is in the auto business and got us the best price. Also got our first rock chip in the windshield!!!

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    1. I wouldn't like your tire/tyre bill but safety is important. Hence I paid for an A rated wet tyre. Cars are a necessary evil, hopefully the electric ones will go from strength to strength.

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  5. I look forward to seeing how the challenge works out. I hope you will keep us updated.

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    1. Of course, although I've got off to a good start I know getting to target is going to be slow and steady.

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  6. Not having a clue when it comes to cars, I feel very fortunate to have a trustworthy garage nearby. I'll be looking to get some new tyres next month. X

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    1. I couldn't believe booking online was so much cheaper. I wanted tyres that performed well in the wet.

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  7. Yes, I've just had to get four new tyres for my car, they've been on it since new, which is only two years but I do a LOT of motorway driving … over a thousand miles a month on average so it's obviously worn them out quickly.

    A challenge to claw back your money sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm lucky in that I can claim a lot of my motoring expenses through my company to offset VAT payments, so that helps a lot.

    Now my car is out of its warranty I have reverted to using our local Kwik Fit in Llandudno, they are really good and deal with all our vehicles regularly so it is worth their while to offer us good deals. It was costing me a fortune to have the regular services at the Fiat dealership :-(

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    1. You have to find ways of saving money, especially as the price of petrol goes up and down like a fiddlers elbow! The mechanic we use is across the street from hobbies work. So hubby drops it off for me and as regular customers he remains competitive, hence £130 cheaper!

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  8. Hi Tania,
    Just letting you know where I am.
    M x

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  9. Just to let you know I have not gone I am having technical problems.

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