How to keep your car costs down in San Diego

Average yearly car costs hit a new high in 2022 — here’s how to invest smartly.

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Traveling in San Diego can get costly.

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Did you know? According to AAA, car owners pour an average of $10,728 a year into their vehicles — a figure that includes fuel, repairs, and insurance.

Keep your cruises down San Diego streets cost efficient with these tips:

  1. Shopping for a new car? Use AAA’s Driving Cost Calculator to see how much vehicle ownership will cost over the next five years. Did you know: Electric cars don’t require oil changes or smog inspections.
  2. If a smog inspection is required for your car, plan accordingly to avoid late fees when renewing your registration.
  3. Check tire pressure regularly, since it can impact fuel economy and safety. Find free air pumps around town.
  4. Drive your car once a week for 30 minutes to keep your battery strong. Pro tip: Buy a personal jump starter and never ask a neighbor for a jump again.
  5. Let GasBuddy help you find the cheapest stations near you.
  6. Consider investing in a dash cam, which can save you money in the long run by recording collision evidence and break-ins. The Ring Car Cam sends you real-time motion alerts, and the REDTIGER Dual Dash Cam records crisp 4K video.
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