High gas prices in Boulder increase the cost of living for CO drivers. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Boulder vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.
According to CO news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive.
In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Boulder vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Boulder folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance.
Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents expensive repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in fuel efficiency may put their Eldorado Springs business in the red.
So what does this mean to Boulder drivers? Well, there’s a ninety percent chance that you’re missing some service that would improve your fuel efficiency. Here’s a quick reminder list:
Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, engine air filter, wheel alignment, oil change, tune up.
Ring any bells? Can most Boulder car owners honestly say that there isn’t at least one thing on the list that hasn’t been done?
Let’s suppose you chose to spend one hundred and fifty dollars and get caught up on some of these services at John’s Auto Care. Figure that they combine to improve your gas mileage by fifteen percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?
Well, the average personal vehicle in Boulder is driven about twelve thousand miles a year. If you get twenty miles per gallon in your family car, over the course of one year you would pay for the hundred and fifty dollars worth of service and save an additional hundred and sixty five dollars if gas is at three dollars and fifty cents. If gas is four fifty, you would save two hundred and fifty-five dollars. And you’d rack up savings of three hundred and forty five dollars with gas at five and a half bucks.
From this you can see that the more fuel costs, the more it pays to keep up on scheduled maintenance. Some of us drive trucks in Boulder for work or recreation – or want a large SUV for family needs. A fifteen percent improvement in fuel economy can generate huge savings – six hundred and sixty dollars a year if gas is four fifty a gallon in Boulder. Take a look at this table to see where your savings could lie.
So catch up on those services you’ve been neglecting at John’s Auto Care. Get a couple done now and a couple next time. Chances are you’ll save a lot of money at Boulder gas pumps this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.