What Should You Do With Your Gas Hog?


The economy continues to struggle and gas prices remain high. The cost to fill up the gas tank in an average car is over . If that is breaking your budget, there are two things you can do about it. You can either try to improve your gas mileage or replace you car with a fuel efficient one.

To improve your cars gas mileage, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Under inflated tires can cost you up to 2 mpg. Then, replace your air filter regularly and put in new spark plugs every 30,000 miles. The smoother your car runs, the better its gas mileage. Remove anything from your car you do not really need. The more weight in your car, the more gas it will use.  Also, remove your roof rack when you are not using it and put a bed cover on your pickup truck. This will reduce drag and give you 2 or 3 more mpg. Of course, the ultimate gas saver is to slow down. The faster you drive, the more gas your car will use.

If you get a fuel efficient car, you have to figure out what to do with the gas guzzler. The dealership won’t want it because there is no demand for them. It will be difficult to sell privately for the same reason. You can sell it for parts at a junk yard, or you can donate your car to charity. Cars4Charities will gladly take your gas guzzler. In return, you will get a tax deduction of the amount they sell it for or $500 whichever is more. They have hundreds of charities that can be helped by your car donation. For details, please go to http://www.cars4charities.org/ or call 866.448.3487.