It’s a well-known fact that cars cost us money, and it seems these days the amount of money we have to spend on keeping our cars on the road increases with each passing year. Regardless of whether the money is spend on fueling, maintaining or keeping our cars road-legal, we spend an awful lot of money for the privilege of being able to drive on public roads.
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Whilst most of us can absorb these costs by being in a well-paid job, some people are struggling to make ends meet and are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their cars on the road. But did you know that there are some ways (legitimate ways, I might add) where your car can literally pay for itself?
If you have had enough with paying high motoring bills and you feel that your car should start to earn its keep in your home just like the human occupants have to, here are some creative yet little-known ways that your car could cost you less to run!
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Taxi cabs do it, commercial vehicle owners do, and now you can do it too! Advertising is big business in any part of the world, and one of the most-effective ways for a brand to get its message across to target audiences is by advertising on the sides of vehicles.
There are many firms that will happily pay you for putting their clients’ advertising on your car, so long as you agree to drive around for a certain amount of time per day. The advertising they put on your car is fixed using vinyl graphics, which can easily be removed and will not damage the paintwork.
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In a world where numerous individuals require the short-term use of a car (sometimes for just a few hours rather than one or more full days), people usually have to end up hiring brand new cars at sky-high prices from national and international car hire chains.
Thankfully, there is a cheaper alternative and that involves hiring a used car from someone that is part of a local, regional or national car club. These community-based groups enable you to hire your car out to others when you aren’t using it, with things like insurance and breakdown cover being taken care of on your behalf.
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If you are a very patient driver and enjoy the challenges that come with teaching new skills to other people, you could always become a driving instructor! According to imperialcarsupermarkets.co.uk, many people with 9 to 5 jobs enjoy making some extra cash on the side by offering expert driving tuition to learner drivers.
And apart from the obvious financial benefits that offering people driving lessons brings, it will also give you a sense of satisfaction knowing that you have correctly taught the drivers of tomorrow the essential road skills that they need.