Get The Best Price And Best Gasoline For Your Gas Mileage

by on March 17, 2016

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Getting Better Gas Mileage with Better Gas

Check out how I saved between $30 to $60 on gasoline in the last month! And how you can save around $700 a year on fuel. And what I learned along the way about gasoline quality!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but gas prices are starting to climb again. All because OPEC or the local oil companies deem it so. But aside from that, rather than speaking with our wallets and showing them we mean business about what our gas costs per gallon, we will continue as we do, and OPEC will get away with meddling with gas prices and our bottom dollar.

Be that as it may, there are things I have noticed that you can do to save a bunch of money on gas, if you pay attention and are not lazy about where you get your gas.

Don’t Be Lazy

When I moved to the town I live in now, I was at the peak of absolute lazy. I went to the most convenient gas station to fill up and did not pay attention to one thing. I did this for a year! A YEAR!  My intro teaser says I saved up to $60 in a month and when I do the math, the last year added up to my spending over $700 too much for gas!

All because I was lazy. So lazy, in this one case, cost me $700!

No more.

Double Check Those Gas Stations With Car Washes!

My first lesson came from comparing two Chevron stations out in Morgan Hill, CA.  The Chevron station off of the Cochrane 101 off-ramp right now, costs $2.89 a gallon, or $2.69 a gallon if you get a car wash.

So if you don’t need or get a car wash, you will pay $2.89 per gallon.

IF you go to the next off-ramp, the Chevron off of Dunne, which does NOT have a car wash, charges $2.69 a gallon.

Wait, what?

Yep…  it seems that if you take your business to gas stations with car washes, and don’t get a car wash, you’re paying for the car wash machinery!!! Is that crazy or what?

So pay attention to those little bits. Keep your eyes open.

Look For The Better Gasoline Prices and Drive To Them!

There are a few ways to find better prices on gas. You can simply look at prices at different gas stations as you drive around. Take note and if you find something much less costly.

Google Maps has a feature now that when you put in the search for gas stations, it pulls up what’s around you, showing prices at each station.

The other option is to install the “Gas Buddy” app on your smartphone. It searches out gas prices around yu based on where you are sitting at that moment, or you can put in your hometown and see what it shows you.

For me, there are plenty of alternatives to $2.89 per gallon within a mile of that price. In fact, I have chosen to drive a mere 0.6 miles to pay $2.27 per gallon. And if I add it to one of my routes or usual daily patterns, I am not even going out of my way.

Is that crazy or what? So at this point in time, rather than being lazy about where I get gas, I am not potentially saving up to $700 over a years’ time just by being attentive to my surroundings.

Or, in subtle code, screw you Chevron with the car wash!

Is High Octane Gasoline Wasting Your Money

Since we’re talking about gas, we obviously want to be the optimal price for the optimal fuel for our cars, right?  So when we get to the gas station, I can either pay $2.27, $2.53 or whatever the 92 octane gas costs. I forgot because I was laughing so hard about it.

But do you need the higher, more costly fuel?

According to the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information web site,

Unless your engine is knocking, buying higher octane gasoline is a waste of money.,” and that “Studies indicate that altogether, drivers may be spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year for higher octane gas than they need.

Octane is designed to combat engine knock, or premature ignition of the fuel-air mixture in your engine’s cylinders. If your engine has some knocking sounds, higher octane battles that issue.

Most cars, per their owner’s manual, take or require only the regular octane. Other types of vehicles like some sports cars and luxury cars may require the higher octane.

And no, higher octane, per the FTC, does not clean your engine.

The Marketing of Gasoline Brands And Their Additives

Did you know that “all gasoline sold in the United States must contain a minimum level of deposit-control additive to prevent buildup of sediment in the engine and fuel system?”

Some fuel additives that contain PBA (polybutene amine) can clean out your fuel injectors, carburetors and other parts of your engine, helping to put some spring into your engine’s step. But too much use of this kind of product can apparently create engine knock over time.

But then there are the PEAs (polyether amine) that can help eliminate engine knock, clean combustion chambers and what not.

You can find these products in your local automotive store in STP, Gumout and the like or…  Chevron fuel has PEA in it too.

One recommendation I see is that once every 3,000 miles head to your local auto parts dealer, grab an engine cleaner with PEA in it and add it to your tank. (Or maybe even snag a tank or two of that real pricey Chevron gas!)

And don’t fall for sales pitches about other products. They are just that, pitches to make a sale.

Since I called out Chevron, I want to touch on Shell gas too.

In 2009 Shell started pitching their “Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline,” saying it cleans out engines.

Let’s keep in mind that the EPA requires all gasoline to have some minimal form of engine cleaner in it. But per How Stuff Works, Shell’s gas does meet or exceed gasoline detergent standards.

But… the scientific community worries that nitrogen enriched fuel, though adding a bump to engine performance, is adding nitrogen deposits to our air.

But then we go back and forth about improved engine efficiency and burning less gas because of it, etc., etc..

Did you know that,

Almost all of the gasoline supplied in the U.S. today contains 10 percent ethanol.  Ethanol that meets certain requirements can be considered a renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Does Cheaper Gasoline Hurt Your Car?

So as I neared the end of this piece, I started to ponder if the MUCH cheaper gas I use could be bad for my car or truck.

Pre, no. put this question to experts in several fields, including an automotive engineer at a major carmaker, gasoline manufacturers and two engineers with the American Automobile Association (AAA). It boils down to this: You can stop worrying about cheap gas. You’re unlikely to hurt your car by using it.

Technology on-board your vehicles these days make up for different grades of fuel but they do make note that not all gas is the same, and that some folks with newer cars might buy better gas upfront, until at a later time, it does not matter.

{“If you buy gas from Bob’s Bargain Basement gas station because that’s all that’s available, it won’t hurt your car,” he says.

The real difference is the amount of additives that are in the gas, Nielsen says. More additives essentially afford more protection.}

Looking around the web, I see various comments via oil company employees that say all gasoline is the same, with the exception of the additives put in by the various oil companies.

Which takes me back to hitting up our overpriced Chevron or Shell stations every 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 fill ups. We’re still saving money and adding those special chemicals to our processes, helping keep our engines in the best, tip-top performance mode possible.

My next task or study might be to run multiple tanks of gas from different manufacturers and see how my gas mileage may vary! Some say I may see the difference while others think, not so much.

Links and resources for more reading: paying-premium-high-octane-gasoline do-fuel-system-additives-really-work nitrogen-enriched-gasoline.htm nitrogen-enriched-gas gasoline-standards is-cheap-gas-bad-for-your-car Does_the_brand_of_gas_really_matter no-reason-not-to-use-cheap-gas :

There are going to be slight variations — but gasoline is gasoline,” and generic fuel “will do no harm at all” to a car.

“Independent stations usually buy their fuel from larger, name-brand oil companies, so it’s not much different from what you’d get for a higher price down the road.

Post image credits:  Photo by graur razvan ionut, from Free Digital

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