Refueling is expensive!
Especially now that fuel prices are on the rise again .
So you want to save on that.
We give you 10 easy ways that will save you a lot of money.
The first tip we are going to give you is immediately the best of all tips , you will never forget it! There is a free fuel card from United Consumers with which you can always get a discount on your refueling! No less than 6 cents per liter. This is compared to the national recommended price, but in any case you will receive a guaranteed discount at every pump, even if the price is already lower there.
It does not matter what you fill up with, this applies to all fuels, including the premium variants. You only have to show your card, you will get the discount back to your bank account via United Consumers (not immediately the discount at the cash register / pump at checkout). And all that at 600 petrol stations throughout the Netherlands, of which there is always one near you.
The latter is a point anyway, because if you have to detour for a refueling then you must not forget that this also costs petrol. Of course it is smart to look at where the liter price is the lowest… but then carefully consider whether the detour is worth it. Our advice is not to stray too far from your route.
Refueling along the motorway is always inadvisable because it is much more expensive, while regional and especially local stations are often cheaper. You can check via fuel-zoeker.nl by the way. Also make sure that you refuel regularly and are not forced to have to fill up expensive somewhere with an empty tank, otherwise you will not be able to continue.
They also call it the new driving, with which you have a lot less consumption. Actually, these are just a few simple rules of thumb that help you to avoid unnecessary use of fuel in any case:
This is a difficult question, because it varies enormously per car class. In addition, other costs such as insurance, maintenance and road tax also depend on the fuel choice . Nevertheless, LPG is often the cheapest, but the purchase / installation of a pump is quite expensive.
Diesel is cheaper than petrol, but only with many kilometers driven per year. How much this is increasingly negligible with the newer cars and more modern diesel engines, the limit is in some cases really only at 40,000 kilometers per year and hardly anyone drives that. With the newest smaller cars, the turning point is sometimes as from 15,000 km.
Tire pressure is essential for your fuel consumption, but also for driving safely. Check these at least every two months and also change your tires if your profile decreases. In any case, the entire maintenance of your car is important for your consumption, so take good care of your car.
If you are ready for a new car, you can pay attention to the energy label and average consumption. Often these are related. You can also directly include your fuel choice. In principle, heavier cars consume more, and also cost more in road tax every month.
This may be a piece of cake, but how often do you sit thoughtlessly in your car when you might as well have taken the bike? Isn't it a waste of money, and cycling (or walking) is healthy too!
The same goes for good preparation: always find out where you are going, what the best route is and whether there are any work or traffic jams. Driving and traffic jams cost a lot of extra fuel and valuable time. Postpone your trip if possible.
This may sound a bit abrupt, but how often do you really need the car? Cars in the Netherlands stand still on average 95% of the time! Can't solve those few trips by sharing a car with someone, or borrowing it from friends and family every now and then? It can even be cheaper to have to rent a car now and then if necessary than to have to pay for one continuously. Think of road tax, maintenance and insurance.
You can also save on that last row of costs! For example, you do not pay road tax on a classic car (from 25 years a discount on petrol and from 40 years never any costs at all). You must have maintenance done in good time and properly because otherwise the problems will only worsen .
You can also arrange car insurance with a discount at United Consumers, just like the free fuel card. Not only can you compare more than 100 policies through them and find the best deal, you also get an extra 5% discount on that lowest price! This saves you just $ 175 per year.
Those were a lot of tips for saving good money, but we have collected many more for you on this site! You can find all of these in this overview with saving tips per category.
Or you can take our handy money saving test , in which you can find out with just 15 short yes / no questions where you can still save money. And then we immediately add a link to the site / place to arrange it directly. Why wait? Who says that cutting back is difficult? :-)