Budgeting For Car Maintenance: All You Need To Know

Jun 2, 2020 | Lifestyle

Every single avenue of your life has to have a plan or a budget if you hope to live in solvency. You want to make sure that you are budgeting for your food, your mortgage and even your car every month so that you can live as comfortably as possible. The best and most accurate way to do it is to ensure that you keep as consistent as possible with your expenses. If you do this, you can make sure that your budget works for your home and your family.

The thing is, for all the things that you budget, unexpected expenses do pop up out of nowhere. You need to be able to account for those random maintenance and repair costs for your car, and that includes the cost of an IID violation lawyer if you find that there are troubles with your car. Costs do mount up, and if you’re not careful you could find that you end up way over your budget, without intending to do so. So, let’s look at how you can create a steady budget for those pesky maintenance costs.

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1.  Paperwork

Look at your paperwork over the last year. How much money have you spent on repairs and new tires? What are you spending on oil changes and other work necessary to the car? Whatever that figure may be, divide it by 12 and add it to your monthly budget. It doesn’t matter if you spend less in the next 12 months, you will have budgeted to cover yourself as you need to. If you are paid weekly, make it fit to your payday so you always have a buffer in the bank!

2.  Car Condition

Your car needs to be under constant scrutiny to know what the condition is. If you have a car that’s older, then you may need to run more repairs than usual. Adjust your budget for your current car situation. If your car is in good condition, you can be more fluid with how much you pay into it. If not, add a little more to the budget you need to be careful with what you spend, though, as you don’t want to go nuts and make other areas of your life suffer!

3.  Savings Account

Open a separate savings account for your car maintenance money. If you can keep it all separate, you can ensure that you have the right amount budgeted for the month and keep the money available. Do not dip into this fund at any cost through the month. You can bet that the moment you do dip into it, you will need the money for car maintenance!

4.  Budget

Setting your budget is not going to drain your account. In fact, it’s going to make your balance look better for those bigger repairs as time goes on as you won’t have to scramble for cash.

A car fund is a smart idea, and it’s going to help you to keep your wheels on the road in the best possible condition.


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