CAR ownership is generally accepted to be a long hard road full of expensive repairs and increasingly frustrating trips to petrol stations.
However, there are some things you can do to save yourself some money and it's the obvious things people continue to get wrong. Tweed Heads South repairers Alden Automotive manager Chris Kolovos said one of the main things people should not forget is to regularly service their vehicles.
He said failure to take care of the first signs of trouble, the little rattles and squeaks, can result in some of the biggest bills.
"Preventative maintenance saves you money," Chris said. "You may think you're spending money but it will save you in the long run."
Drivers should check their vehicles' fluid levels, tyres and overall condition before going on long trips, Chris added.
Twin Towns Driving School instructor Mike Hayden said saving money on car usage meant doing the obvious things.
Economical driving was something experience taught drivers.
"It's difficult to put an old head on young shoulders," Mr Hayden said.
Motoring services company NRMA suggested shopping around for insurance was a way to make significant savings and advised drivers to make use of its Bowser Buster website to find the least expensive fuel in their area.
Drivers should ensure their cars are running at their best to get the most out of a tank of petrol.
Regular maintenance of engine and tyres.
Check fluid levels.
Get squeaks and rattles checked and fixed.
Economic driving style: Gently take off at lights and take plenty of time to slow down when you approach by going through the gears smoothly.
Shop around for insurance and fuel.