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Edmunds - A Cheapskate's Top 10 Money-Saving Ideas for Car Owners

Hey, I admit it. I'm cheap and fit into the #3 slot. Still driving a 2000 CR-V. My husband's 2000 Silverado is pushing 170k miles and he's not giving it up. AND, the 1995 Jeep Wrangler (152k miles) is just for funsies. :shades:

A Cheapskate's Top 10 Money-Saving Ideas for Car Owners

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager


  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,023
    From the title I'd say jmonroe has joined your writing staff.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Hey, I admit it. I'm cheap

    I prefer the term "frugal". :blush:

    I don't know about stretching your oil changes out though. My car's oil seems to get dirty more quickly than it did 5 years ago.

    The most obvious idea to me, that wasn't included, would be to do you own maintenance. At the very least you should be able to change air filters, wiper blades, and oil changes. Though if I can catch a $19 oil change special, I'll let someone else change it.
  • ITA about doing oil changes at the recommended intervals. We do most of the routine maintenance on the Jeep, but I'd rather let the dealership take care of the Honda. However, they are great with passing out coupons so I rarely pay more than $20 for an oil change. :shades:

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    You almost have to try to pay more than the low $20 range to get oil changed anymore. At first i had stopped doing my own because Honda hid the filters but now it's so cheap to have someone else do it why not let them?

    Out of four vehicles in the fleet only one has fewer than 130K on it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,030
    Ditto on performing your own maintenance; the service/repair costs on my 318ti, X3, and Wrangler average less than $1,100/year combined.
    And I'm pretty good at keeping cars for longer than a few years; I've had the 318ti for 14 years, the Wrangler for almost 7.5, and the X3 for 4. The ti, the Wrangler, and the 2002 all have over 100K on them. The X3 has almost 85K on the clock while the Mazdaspeed will hit 50K sometime this month(if I don't flip it for an E30/36/46 M3 :D )
    I've dropped collision coverage on the Wrangler and 2002.
    So, do I qualify for cheapskate status? :P

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • adragadrag Posts: 3
    Buy salvaged vehicle and fix it with used / salvaged parts.
    2005 Audi TT 3.2. Spent $10K. Saved $15K. Never had a problem.
    The key is finding someone experienced.
    In buying salvaged cars and sourcing out parts that you trust.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
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