Ways to save money on gas, car maintenance, fines, car repairs, help for low-income families, and more. A guide for Twin Cities drivers who want to save money on car expenses.
Residents of snowy Minnesota should add one more thing to their list: getting the underside of their cars sprayed to remove corrosive salt during the winter. Car washes like the Downtowner in St. Paul charge around $5 to spray the bottom of a car.
Choosing the right garage and mechanic is vital for getting the best price on car repairs. Recommending mechanics is impossible, but you can get a little help with user reviews of area garages, and add your own opinion, at CarTalk.com.
Low income families may be able to use the Newgate School's Fix It For Families program, where trainee auto mechanics repair cars for free, charging just the cost of the parts used.
Programs to Help Low-Income Families Buy a CarAs well as helping low-income families with car repairs, the Newgate School in Minneapolis runs the Wheels for Women program, which donates used cars to women referred to them from women's shelters and other women's service agencies.
Opportunity Cars has a directory of other organizations who distribute cars to low income families and individuals in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities metro area.
Depending on how much you drive, and how convenient the nearest HOURCAR location is to you, this program can save money.
Mix with Public Transit, Walking and CyclingSave money and improve your fitness by combining walking and cycling with driving. You won't be alone, about 4 percent of Minneapolis residents commute to work by bike.
Public transit in Minneapolis and St. Paul serves the cities reasonably well, and while it can be more expensive than gas for shorter trips, it is often better value to use Metro Transit if your destination is one of the downtowns, or anywhere else where you'll be paying for parking.
The dealer from who the tires were bought from often perform simple repairs for free too.
Save Money On Speeding TicketsSpeeding tickets and other moving violations don't necessarily cost the fine shown on the ticket. Court officials can reduce the amount of the fine if you can convince them your circumstances warrant it, and arrange payment plans.
And there is a way to keep speeding tickets off your record to avoid the likely associated rise in car insurance.