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As technology continues to make your life easier, embracing technology to “manage” your car can only add to the simplicity. Here are 5 easy ways to get the most out of your vehicle and save a lot of time in the process.
If you’re still using the same auto insurance policy and the same auto insurer you’ve had for years, you’re probably paying more than you need to. The Internet makes it easy to compare rates between different auto insurance companies, so you can be sure you’re getting the most for your money. Plus, managing your policy online allows you to quickly and easily change your coverage as you have need, and gives you access to digital copies of your insurance cards so you never get stuck without one.
While you’re busy choosing the right auto insurance company online, you might as well go ahead and pay your taxes, too. Rather than waiting at the DMV, you can use services like eTags to renew your registration online so you can skip the line and get on with your day. There are often specific requirements that enable you to renew online, such as having recently-renewed insurance, and not having any back taxes. If everything checks out, though, you could find yourself with a sudden appreciation for the efficiency of the DMV.
So you’ve had to suffer the inconvenience and embarrassment of getting a speeding ticket. The last thing you want to do now is to have to go a circuit clerk’s office or dig out your checkbook and a stamp to pay the fine. Luckily, many city and county governments offer online ticket payment, ensuring the pain you feel will be primarily in your wallet instead of a major inconvenience and a lot of time wasted.
Technically, maintaining your car has to be done in person, but if you’re the type of car owner who likes to fix your car yourself, the Internet certainly has a wealth of information on how to fix just about any part of your vehicle that might be having trouble. Whether it’s something simple like a headlight bulb, or something more involved like a new starter motor, there’s a good chance that someone has made a video showing how to repair or replace pretty much every part for your vehicle, regardless of year, make, or model.
Whether your current vehicle is on its last legs, or you just want the latest and greatest in safety and technology, finding your next car is easy when you take advantage of the resources available online. You can find statistics on crash test scores, reliability, and price. Plus, you can shop around for the best interest rate and the best deal as you contact multiple dealerships and have them compete with one another to earn your business. New services actually allow you to take care of the entire car buying process online, with your ultimate choice being delivered to your front door in just a few days.
For all the time- and money-saving things you can do online to better manage your vehicle, remember that the best memories are made in your vehicle when everyone is offline, enjoying simple conversations and the beautiful scenery outside. Especially when you’re on vacation, your vehicle offers a rare space to put electronics to the side and engage in making memories that last. Granted, if it’s a long trip, this probably won’t (and maybe shouldn’t) last the whole time, but for a while at least, it’s a great excuse to get “back in touch” with your busy family.