When it comes to car ownership, you may think that once you have outplayed the big cost for buying the thing that the biggest financial impact ends there. Sure you know that insurance will cost and fuel for the vehicle, but that’s surely it, right? Wrong! There are some surprising costs involved when it comes to car ownership, some obvious, some beneficial, and some that will leave a sting in your tail. I wanted to share with you some of them, in the hope that you may be more aware of commitments you might need to fork out for in the future.
Buying aftermarket accessories
When it comes to your vehicle you will want to ensure that you do all that you can to keep it looking good, and often the purchase of aftermarket accessories can help you do that. Websites like Automotive Stuff have an array of items that could help your vehicle in different way. Buglectors to protect your bonnet, mud flaps to stop mud damaging the paintwork, interior mats to help wear and tear on carpet, seat covers, the list goes on. Sometimes these can be necessary purchases to help keep your vehicle looking good.
Paying for regular maintenance and out of warranty items
It may sound obvious, but often people can forget that your vehicle does need to have regular maintenance checks and sometimes these can be quite costly, depending on the work that needs doing. They will also highlight if things need replacing, and often, whether you have a warranty or not, you may find that you need to foot the bill. These bills always come when you least expect it, so try and have a little pot of money saved for the worst case scenario.
Damage you did not cause
You could be driving along and then, BAM, someone drives into you and damage is caused to your vehicle that isn’t your fault. Car accidents are a regular occurrence and while the damage of your car should be taken care of by insurance companies, the damage to you may be a whole different story. Time off work, legal costs when claiming, they can all mount up. Damage can also be caused while your car is parked, through dents and scratches being obtained. It is always a good idea to get these sorted sooner rather than later to avoid further damage being caused.
Damage that you did cause
Of course, there can be incidents when the damage is caused by yourself. You may start to find that curbs might not always be your friend when it comes to your car. The damage that can be caused to an alloy wheel because of the curb can be astronomical. Not having them repaired properly can also cause you harm when it comes to the value of your vehicle when it comes to selling or part exchanging.
I hope that highlighting some of these costs will have you more aware of some of the other costs involved in car ownership.