The costs associated with fuelling and maintaining a vehicle can be alarmingly high. If you're fed up of spending money on your car, here are a couple of things you can do to reduce your running costs.

Make an appointment for a car servicing

It may seem illogical to splurge on a car servicing if you're trying to cut back on the amount you spend on your vehicle. However, this expense should be viewed as an investment, as it could end up saving you thousands in the long run. Regular inspections of your vehicle, performed by an experienced mechanic, will ensure that minor problems are identified and resolved long before they begin to cause serious electrical or mechanical issues that could cost a small fortune to fix.

For instance, let's say your car's radiator develops a crack. If you don't go for your routine car servicing appointment, this crack could end up expanding, to the point where a leak occurs and the engine then becomes overheated. An overheated engine can lead to serious issues, such as warped cylinders, which are usually very expensive to repair or replace.

All of the hassle, expense and stress associated with this problem could be avoided by bringing your car in for a servicing and having those seemingly small issues (in this example, the cracked radiator) fixed before they result in major, costly damage.

Keep the tyres in good condition

Having your tyres replaced can be expensive; as such, you can drastically reduce your car running costs simply by taking better care of your tyres. To ensure that they remain in great condition, keep an eye on their pressure levels and, if necessary, adjust them.

Tyres that are over or under inflated will normally have a much shorter lifespan than ones which have the correct levels of inflation. Additionally, low pressure levels can also lead to your car consuming larger amounts of fuel which will, in turn, increase the amount you spend on petrol or diesel.

Carrying heavy items (such as tools, luggage, sports equipment, etc) around in your vehicle on a regular basis will also increase fuel consumption and potentially damage your tyres. The extra weight can lead to your tyres deflating faster than they normally would; if you are unaware of this and fail to top up their pressure levels more frequently, you may end up with a blown-out tyre that could easily cost over a hundred dollars to replace.