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What to do with your gas hog

Published on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 by JOURNAL STAFF

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The economy continues to struggle and gas prices remain high. The cost to fill up the gas tank in an average car is over $60. If that is breaking your budget, there are two things you can do about it, either try to improve gas mileage or replace your car with a fuel efficient one.

To improve your cars gas mileage, make sure your tires are properly inflated. 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 two or three more mpg.

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. 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. In return, you will get a tax deduction of the amount they sell it for or $500 whichever is more. For details, please go to http://www.cars4charities.org/ or call 866.448.3487.
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