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Depending on the type of car that you drive, you will know whether your car requires premium gasoline or not. We all know that gasoline normally goes up in price and that it always seem to be time to head to the pump. When it comes to gasoline there are tons of different options, whose companies make promises of offering the best quality for the best price.
Experts have analyzed this question for quite some time, the results may surprise you. The truth is, if you decide to shave a few pennies off your price of gasoline then there is no need to worry, its unlikely to hurt your car at all. As advances in engineering continue, engines are made with better technology and some cars even have onboard computers that help to factor this in. There are variations in fuel and todays engines can account for it – what this means as that for most of us we will not notice lesser performance from our engines. You would have to be a car manufacturing guru to be able to tell the difference between $5.00 a gallon gas and $3.01 a gallon of gas.
The advantages of using a better grade of gas is peace of mind. For some, when a new car is purchased what we are interested in making it run as well as possible for as long as possible.
Now, how to get the most performance our of your car? All gasoline starts out the same, all from the same source – base gas. Then the EPA requires that additives are added to lessen the emissions and reduce pollution. Additionally, each individual company uses their own special selection of additives to promote engine cleaning or performance or both.
The question the is how important are these additives and could we not just buy them ourselves at an automotive store and add them to the cheaper gas we bought and get the exact same effect? The more additives you add to your fuel then essentially the more care you are taking of your car because this helps deter additional wear and tear as the engine becomes more lubricated and remains cleaner longer in essence.
Most of us when we get a new or used car, a new car to us that is, we do not review the manual. This is a mistake, in order to keep your car running great and to get the most of this asset then you should know what is recommended for it.
Marketing has a huge roll to play in the trust factor that some oil companies have developed. Think Nascar racing sponsors, think Super Bowl Ads, think your Car and Driver magazine add. This simply means that they are smart about advertising, not necessarily that their product is better or at times even necessary. Ask the scientist though and they say that having additives means that your “check engine” light won’t come on before the 10,000 mile mark. Also, you could eventually cause an issue with the fuel injectors depending on the type of car you have with lesser additives.
We have allowed the experts to do the testing for us and when a blind test was performed, there were no conclusive differences between fuel economy, emissions and performance among all very different grades of gasoline. What is important to remember is that there is a fine line between what you expect from your vehicle and what you are willing to pay at the pump.
Allow me to put it in perspective, fuel can be important if you are driving a high performance vehicle. A vehicle that would otherwise begin to fail with regular gas…when what it requires is premium fuel or jet fuel. Which also begs the need to be cautious when at the gas pump, in some states you are allowed to pump your own gas. In fact here is a little know fact, it is illegal for you to pump your own gas in Oregon and New Jersey. Some wealthier and fancier cities have adopted this added perk to further pamper their wealthier clientele.
So if you happen to be driving through one of these states pay attention when at the pump, ensure that your regular gas car does not get pumped full of Diesel and that you are not being ripped off when it comes to pay when you are used to paying regular gas prices and then are asked to pay the premium price for your full tank.