Why Cheaper Gas May Cost You More Money

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Why Cheaper Gas May Cost You More Money

I thought regular 89 octane gas was the same from station to station. As it turns out, it isn’t. What’s even worse is the cheaper gas you can get at some gas stations can cause engine issues.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently conducted a study and found significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold at fuel retailers. They discovered that off-brand gasolines can cause “19 times more engine deposits” than “top tier” brands, which have more detergent in their mix. The problem can occur after just 4,000 miles of simulated driving.

According to the AAA, “Such carbon deposits are known to reduce fuel economy, increase emissions and negatively impact vehicle performance, particularly on newer vehicles.” They also said the top tier brands with more detergent additives are much better for your car and your mileage, too.

The list of top tier gasoline brands that passed AAA’s test includes the nation’s major consumer brands, such as Exxon Mobil, Conoco, BP, Shell, Chevron, Citgo, Phillips 66 and Valero. You can view the full list of top tier brands at: http://www.toptiergas.com/licensedbrands/

An additional AAA study found drivers are six times more likely to choose a gas station based on the price of gasoline, rather than the quality of the fuel. Since top tier gasoline is widely available and only an average of three cents more per gallon, AAA urges drivers to reconsider their priorities when selecting a gas station.

“Fortunately, consumers can reverse some engine deposits simply by switching gasoline brands,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. “After a few thousand miles with top tier gasoline, performance issues like rough idling or hesitation during acceleration can often be resolved.”

The next time you need to refuel, you may want to consider quality over cost of the gas. Pumping gas with a detergent additive may give you better performance and mileage.

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