RenaultOwning a car is likely to be one of your largest personal expenses, but don’t worry - there are ways you can save on your car. As with anything in life, the more cost-saving measures you implement now, the more money you’ll save in the future.

Although your savings will entirely depend on your personal situation, we’ve put together five of the best ways you can save money on your car expenses this September.

Buy a car towards the end of the month
Quite common with businesses that sell high in value products, many car dealerships work towards sales targets that often run on a monthly or quarterly basis. This is why, when shopping towards the end of the month - especially March, June, September and December - you may sometimes see salespeople and managers willing to be more flexible with their pricing and to offer discounts to get a sale.

Book it in for an MOT
You may wonder why September is a good month to book your car’s MOT - it’s because you've got the chance to claim a free test with Halfords Autocentre. Yes, you read that correctly, you won’t have to pay a penny for your MOT if you purchase something in store from your local Halfords between the dates of 10th September until 14th October. Your MOT will be valid for the year. They’ll take your details and email you a code which you use to book your free MOT online.

Cut down on car journeys
September is still a nice time of year to get out and about on foot whenever possible. Not only will this keep you fit, it will also give you the opportunity to make some savings. The easiest ways you can do this are:

● Save money on petrol
● Save on general wear and tear of the car
● Save money on parking

All of the above will save you money and enable you to do more enjoyable things this month.

Use price comparison websites
Price comparison websites are ideal for those of you who are looking to save money on your insurance premium. You must, however, sure you do your research on the companies you’ve been quoted in order to work out if they’re the right fit for you or not. As we get further into September, we’re edging closer to Christmas, so look out for seasonal deals on offer.

Car insurance can be a major expense for owning a car, particularly if you have a less than perfect driving history or live in certain areas, so shopping around is key to finding what’s best for you.

Don’t modify your car
A lot of insurers won’t insure heavily modified cars at all because of replacement costs and risk of theft. When providing you with a quote, it won’t be cheap either, so consider staying simple and saving yourself a little bit of extra cash by not modifying your car. If your car has modifications that you haven’t made your insurer aware of, this could make it invalid. So, be sure to ask, when buying your car, if it has any modifications.

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