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edited 17 January 2022 at 11:14AM in Motoring
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If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
Maybe that qualifies as an old car without any fancy management?
Sadly, the air con is knackered so the negative impact from energy load has no positive in improved comfort. All the change of engine note does is to remind me to turn the air con off.
We both WFH now, so one car has went from £180 a month fuel to maybe £60. The other would have been £80 a month, now £25 a month.
We also get our groceries delivered now rather than go grocery shopping and to be honest, most stuff we need we just get via the grocery order, ebay or Amazon.
When we do go out i tend to make it "worth my while" - got a hair cut last saturday morning, picked up prescriptions for my wife on the way past the chemist and also got a top of of groceries we were short of.
None of that is specifically to save money on fuel, but thats the positive side effect.
If i continue to WFH we'll sell our second car - biggest expense there is the £585 road tax (i stupidly didnt check before i bought it).
There's a huge gulf of options between a £500 ICE car and a £30k EV. ICE cars can cost a lot more, and EVs a lot less; there are EV's on autotrader for under £5000 now. Like this Leaf for £4800: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202201171435865
Not speeding is also a good one, people will burn a lot more fuel on the motorway at 80-90 mph than at 60 mph and on a trip a few junctions up the motorway are unlikely to save themselves any significant amount of time.
Getting rid of all of the extra weight in the car is also important, I know people that drive around with loads of stuff in their boot, probably 100kg of the stuff, it might be a small percentage, but it adds up over the course of a year's driving.