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Motorists could benefits from 7 quick changes to save £1,709 on their cars

With restrictions slowly easing across the country, it means normality is on the horizon.

Although things are opening up again, it does mean our monthly spendings will begin to increase.

We all love to save money, but it's no secret that our cars can eat away our income as the average cost is around £3,406 per year.

To help us save costs, Peter Vardy, a car dealership in Scotland, has revealed 7 changes drivers need to make per year.

And in total, it could help you save an eye-watering £1,709 on your vehicle each year… Result!

The dealership offers both new and used cars.

1. Add someone else onto your insurance – saving you £800 every year

If you're new to driving, naming a parent on your policy can reduce your yearly insurance by hundreds.

Research by The Daily Mail and GoCompare found that you can save an average of £800 by simply naming a parent on your policy.

2. Avoid paying premium fuels for standard cars – saving you £179.14

Retailers often claim that premium fuel offers performance and economy advantages and can even protect your engine.

Unless you're driving a performance vehicle, you're unlikely to see many improvements – but you'll pay 10p more per litre.

By sticking to standard unleaded, drivers can save themselves £179 per year.

3. Haggling can save you money on car insurance and breakdown cover

It is an underrated art form, and a poll by MSE found a 37% success rate of haggling for cheaper prices on car warranty.

If you're coming up to the renewal of your car warranty and insurance, it's worth picking up the phone to speak to the adviser.

4. Filling up at a supermarket garage can save you £74.10

Typically, supermarket forecourts are cheaper for fuel compared to branded garages.

By switching to fill up your car at a supermarket garage, you can save yourself £74.10 a year.

5. Save £574 every year by performing your own car maintenance checks

By performing your own regular car maintenance checks, you can avoid paying the average annual repair cost of £574.

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6. Cashback cards on fuel can save you £53 per year

Purchasing your petrol or diesel with a cashback card (like Santander's 123 account) offers you 3% cashback for each fill-up.

If you filled up your car biweekly, you'd get £52.68 over the full year!

7. Paying your road tax annually instead of monthly saves you up to £29

While it may be easier to spread the cost of road tax, it ends up costing more in the long run.

Saving up to pay it in one lump sum can save you £29 per year.

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