Driving a clean and shiny car is a great feeling, especially on those enjoyable summer trips. However keeping your car looking great over the space of a year can be an expensive luxury if you regularly pay out for car wash or valet services.
While a basic valet service isn’t exactly going to break the bank (often priced around £10-£15), paying out for a clean and vacuum once a fortnight can cost well over £250 in a year, and that’s just for the most basic of services on a standard-sized vehicle. More comprehensive services such as waxing and polishing can cost over £50 per clean, taking an annual spend at a rate of two cleans a month to a whopping £1,200 a year!
By washing and vacuuming your car yourself, you can stash that extra spend into savings. Avoid pushing up your water bill by using water-guzzling appliances such as jet washers; instead, opt for the bucket and sponge and give your car a thorough scrubbing the old fashioned way to double savings!
Splitting the cost of a journey is another effective way of reducing travel expenses, especially if you are able to arrange a regular lift for your daily commute. The easiest way to arrange this would be to discuss car sharing with co-workers, send out a mass email to other staff at your office, or even put up a notice in the canteen.
Another handy way to find a well-matched car share would be to use a trusted car share site such as Liftshare.com. By sharing a ride with other drivers who take a similar route to yours, you can cut the cost of each journey and even make new friends along the way! You can find out how much you could save with car sharing by using the Liftshare savings calculator.