Having a car is not a luxury, it's a necessity for most people. And cars are not cheap so people usually make sure to take really good care of them. That means that many pay extra for so-called premium gasoline, but that might not be a good idea at all! Read on to find out why.
$2.1 Billion Gets Thrown Away Each Year by 16.5 Million Americans on Premium Gas
This data was published by an AAA study.
Why Is Premium Not Better?
AAA concluded that it doesn't make a difference for 70% of cars if you use 93-octane or 87-octane (premium and regular, respectively).
John Nielsen from AAA Stated:
“Drivers see the ‘premium’ name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle.”
What About Those other 30%?
Only about a half of those actually need premium, and the rest needs some kind of mid-grade gas or something completely different (it's probably specified in the manual).
This Might Make You a Bit Worried
Not all regular gasoline has the same quality, though. It can vary from retailer to retailer.
“Previous AAA research found that fuel quality varies significantly among gasoline retailers and that using a gasoline that meets TOP TIER standards can result in 19 times fewer engine deposits, increase vehicle performance and improve fuel economy. To protect vehicle investments, AAA urges drivers to use the appropriate gasoline as determined by their car’s manufacturer (regular or premium) that meets TOP TIER standards for engine cleanliness and performance," the study stated.
So, There Is a Difference, but It's Not a Matter of Octanes
So, even though people believe that premium is better, it isn't if your car doesn't require it. However, there is something you can do for your car and that's to select gasoline with a TOP TIER mark.
So, if You Want to Keep Those Dollars in Your Wallet and Your Car Running, You Know What to Do