4 Things Singaporean Drivers Waste Their Money On

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020

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Are you wasting your hard-earned money on underutilized parking coupons, car grooming services, and expensive car modifications?

You probably know by now that owning a car in Singapore is a huge financial burden on a driver’s wallet. However, that doesn’t stop Singaporeans from forking out unnecessary cash for their precious vehicle. If you’re looking to curb your car spending habits, look no further, because we’ll be highlighting 4 things that Singaporean drivers can do without.

Premium Petrol

Are you driving a sports or luxury car like a Lamborghini or BMW? No? Then there’s no need to pump the more expensive “premium” 98 petrol in your vehicle.

If you’re driving a mid-range car like a Honda Accord or Toyota Vios, the standard 95 petrol will often suffice. Pumping the more expensive 98 petrol will not make your car drive better, nor will it drive faster. The best practice is use what the manufacturer has specified for your vehicle. This information can usually be found in the car owner’s manual.

The only time you should upgrade to a higher petrol grade is when your car experiences “knocking”. This occurs when the petrol in your engine is unable to resist the compression and high pressure. While not completely damaging, it might cause engine trouble down the road.

To learn more about the different types of petrol in Singapore, please read the following article.

Parking Coupons

Have you ever torn too many parking coupons and overpaid for your parking session? Well, with the Parking.sg app, you can kiss underutilized parking coupons and wasted money goodbye.

This handy app not only calculates your parking fees automatically but will also gives you a refund should you choose to end your parking session early.

If your session is expiring, fret not, because you can even extend it on the app. Meaning you’ll never need to worry about summon aunties fining you again. That’s more money saved if you ask us!

Read the following article to learn more about the Parking.sg app.

Car Grooming Services

Most Singaporeans drivers are obsessed with keeping their cars clean. Who can blame them, considering the hours that they spend each week in their vehicle. While it’s nice to drive a spotless car, car grooming services are truly a luxury that you can actually do without.

Why pay S$50 to $300 for someone to clean your vehicle when you can easily do it yourself at home? All you need is the right products and equipment, as well as some elbow grease to get the job done.

To learn more about cleaning your car at home, check out the following article.

Expensive Car Modifications

Fancy spoilers, racing seats, custom headlights, and modified exhaust pipes. These are some car modifications that are highly sought after by car enthusiasts. However, other than the “shiok” feeling of driving a souped-up car, these modifications add little or no value to your vehicle.

Some of these modifications might even lower the overall value of your car. Not only are you spending money to modify your vehicle, but you’re also losing money when you decide to sell it. It’s because of this “double loss” that car modifications are just not worth it.

For a full list of legal car modifications, click here.

Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments what other paid products or services that you find are unnecessary.

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