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It's spring - time to clean and organize home and yard for a fresh start. It's also a great time to clean and organize your car, the place where many of us spend well over 500 hours a year (that's three weeks or more!). Holly Reich, contributor to Edmunds.com, provides a five-step process that will leave your car looking as fresh as when you drove it off the lot. To summarize:


1. Sort and clean up - take everything out, toss the trash, and sort the rest into three piles: frequent use, occasional use, emergency use. Anything left over should not be stored in the car.

 

2. Analyze - ask yourself how you use your car (for work, pleasure, errands, etc.). Your answers will help determine what to keep in your car.

 

3. Priortize - scrutinize the items in your three piles from step 1, remove the duplicates, store off-season items, and keep in the car the most important items from each pile.

 

4. Contain your needs - to prevent loose objects from causing clutter and flying around the car in case of a sudden stop or crash, find containers to keep loose items organized and findable when you need them.

 

5. Store - keep insurance, inspection, and other essential information in the glove box. Use the built-in holders, slots, and cubbies to keep frequently used items close at hand, and use other containers to keep emergency and less-used items together.


For car-specific containers and ideas, try these sites:

Case Logic

Driving Comfort

Organize Your Ride

Stacks and Stacks

Auto Anything

 


March 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Thought2Action LLC ®
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When gas prices go down, they don't stay down for long, and when they go up, they seem to go way up. You can't do much to control gas prices, but you can save money on gas - as well as other auto expenses - all year long. Here's how you can get organized and realize big savings:

 

Keep your service appointments. By fixing the small repairs - low transmission fuel, dirty air filter, broken thermostat - you save money in the long run on big repairs, increase fuel efficiency, and keep your car longer. You'll increase fuel economy alone by an average of 10%, saving you about $16 a month.

 

Remove extra weight and drag. Cleaning out your trunk (tools, sports equipment, junk you've left and forgotten) increases fuel efficiency, and removing items attached to your vehicle that cause drag - roof racks, cargo carriers - can increase your overall miles per gallon by up to 2%. (See the Get Organized article for steps to clean out your car.) Your savings? About $3 a month.

 

Change your driving habits. To maximize fuel efficiency, accelerate slowly, brake gently, and don't weave in and out of lanes on the highway. For biggest savings, keep your speed down on highways; for every mile per hour over 55, your fuel economy drops by 2%. By changing your driving habits, you can save over $37 a month.

 

Use an independent repair shop. Once your car is no longer under warranty, you'll save by getting your service from an independent service center; labor rates are lower there than at your dealer, saving you an average of about $20 a month. Visit Yelp to find a recommended repair shop.

 

Resist the temptation to trade. If your car is paid for and you're keeping it in good repair, it's costing you a lot less than a new car payment. You can continue to save big money by keeping your car until the monthly costs of repairs and other upkeep exceed the cost of a new car payment. By keeping your existing vehicle, dings and all, you're saving an average of over $200 a month!

 

Find additional tips to save money on your vehicle expenses, visit Car Talk. Share here your auto money saving tips.

March 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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