By Rebecca Webber
Did you know that you spend about $1,719 a year on gas alone for a small sedan? Yep, keeping a car can get pricey. Although it's a worthy investment (assuming you drive often), who wouldn't want to save cash where they can? Thankfully, there are several ways to maintain your vehicle without flushing out your bank account. Read on for smart money-saving strategies. Photo by Getty Images
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Spend Less on Insurance
Pit insurers against one another
Don't auto-renew. Instead, spend 20 minutes comparing quotes (EInsurance.com is a good place to start). Then use competitor prices to renegotiate your rate. Say to the rep: "If I switch to State Farm, I can save $500. What can you do for me?"
Tailor your plan
Some insurers offer a better rate if you've stopped commuting or have an honor roll student on the policy. A tailored plan could save you between $460 and $1,100 a year, according to a study by CarInsurance.com.
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