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35 Ways To Slash Your Car Costs

GOBankingRates Logo By Dan Ketchum of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 36: For most Americans, car ownership requires a lot more than plunking down payment and flooring it. In fact, owning and operating a new vehicle in 2021 cost drivers an average of $9,666 annually, according to AAA. And if you drive 15,000 miles or more a year in a pickup truck, for example, those average figures can skyrocket. Find Out: How To Borrow Money on Cash AppConsider: The Downsides of Retirement That Nobody Talks About But it's not all bad news. With good driving habits, a little insurance know-how and a touch of DIY maintenance, you can put the top down and cruise your way to reduced annual costs. Find out how to own a car without coughing up a fortune.

For most Americans, car ownership requires a lot more than plunking down payment and flooring it. In fact, owning and operating a new vehicle in 2021 cost drivers an average of $9,666 annually, according to AAA. And if you drive 15,000 miles or more a year in a pickup truck, for example, those average figures can skyrocket.

Find Out: How To Borrow Money on Cash App
Consider: The Downsides of Retirement That Nobody Talks About

But it's not all bad news. With good driving habits, a little insurance know-how and a touch of DIY maintenance, you can put the top down and cruise your way to reduced annual costs. Find out how to own a car without coughing up a fortune.

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