It’s a global economy, but when it comes to how we’re spending on our vehicles, there’s little ‘global’ about our costs. How much we end up spending on our cars is closely linked to where to live, including the type of area, how many people there are, and the weather. If you’re spending more than you’d like on your vehicle, you might want to start looking at house prices too: moving to another place might just slash those car expenses.
Think about this. One person lives near to all the amenities of modern life, including stores, cafes, bars and restaurants. Another person lives in the country, among the trees and flowers. Who spends more on their car? It might be either person, but the real important thing is that the first person doesn’t have to use their car. If you live within walking distance of fun, entertainment, and the essentials of life, then it doesn’t matter whether you have a car or not. If you live in a place where you can’t do anything without driving, you’ll be spending much more on one of the costliest aspects of owning a car: the fuel.
Not that people who live in the city (or near to one) have it all their own way. They might be able to save on fuel by taking public transport, but they do have other things to contend with. For example, if they’re commuting to and from work, they’ll be spending a lot of time each day sitting idly in traffic, a complete killer when it comes to fuel economy. Also, it’s worth remembering that the more people that live in your area, the greater the chance you’ll have to pay more for your insurance. When it comes to renewing car insurance, you might see an increase if there’s been a spate of car-related crime in your neighbourhood, even if you weren’t personally involved in any. Also, there’s simply a greater chance of car accidents if there are more people on the road.
The weather also has an effect on how much you spend on your vehicle. If you live in a place that has consistently mild weather, then you’ll spend less than someone who lives in a place that has different seasons. Drivers in snowy zones will get less MPG than people driving on clear roads, for example. And of course, it goes without saying that it’s more likely that there’ll be minor accidents on wet, frozen roads. Also, if you’re lucky to receive glorious sunshine all summer long, you might want to check the battery regularly – hot weather can cause all manner of problems with batteries, which will cost a pretty penny if one day if your car won’t start.
The Happy Zone
So what have we learned? Well, if you want to keep your car costs to a minimum, you need to live in a place that has quiet roads but is close enough to amenities, has good public transport links, and where the weather isn’t extreme on either end of the scale. Best of luck!