If increased fuel costs are consuming a bigger portion of your budget, you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance.

According to AB news reports and industry studies, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been fixed. Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle.

In this area, we can take a lesson from professional vehicle owners in the Calgary area: fleet owners and operators like trucking companies and Calgary 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 costly repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in fuel economy may mean not being profitable.

Here are some critical services that could potentially save you some gas in Calgary:

Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, wheel alignment, oil change, tune-up. Ring any bells? Is there at least one thing on the list that hasn’t been done? Let’s suppose you chose to spend one hundred and fifty dollars at Precision Alignment & Brake Ltd and get caught up on some of these vital services and that they combine to improve your MPG by fifteen percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?

Well, the average personal vehicle in AB is driven about twelve thousand miles a year. If you get twenty miles per gallon, 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 in Calgary. 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 in Calgary, the more it pays to take care of your pickup. Some of us Calgary auto owners drive trucks 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 at your Calgary gas station. Take a look at this table to see where your savings could lie.

Gas Price$3.50$4.50$5.50
10 MPG480660840
20 MPG165255345
30 MPG60120180

So catch up on those services at Precision Alignment & Brake Ltd in Calgary. Talk with your considerate Precision Alignment & Brake Ltd technician about your vehicle’s needs. Get a couple done now and a couple next time. Chances are you’ll save a lot of cash on fuel this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.