How to Save on Car Costs

Log On for Lower Gas Prices

The price of gas can vary by as much as 50 cents a gallon from one filling station to the next, even within the same zip code. Visit GasBuddy.com or GasPriceWatch.com, and punch in your address to find the lowest prices at stations near you. Using certain credit cards can also help soften the blow: Discover offers 5 percent cash back on gas and auto maintenance purchases; some gas companies, including Shell, Exxon, and BP, also offer discounts at the pump or rebates ranging from 3 to 10 percent to customers who use their cards. Just be sure to read the fine print. With some of these cards, the rebates and discounts diminish after six months or so.

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