Is Cheap Gas Bad for Your Car?


GM Auto Tech is always on the look out to help our customers save money. A question that our customers always ask our technicians is, “Is cheap gas bad for my car?”

Don’t Fear Cheap Gas

You can stop worrying about using cheap gas. Many experts say it’s unlikely to hurt your car. More additives essentially afford more engine protection — but they also cost more.

Gasoline is expensive and you’re looking for every way possible to save money at the pump. You already shy away from premium fuel, knowing that your car doesn’t require it. You’d like to save a few pennies per gallon more by going to an off-brand gas station. But you can’t get rid of the nagging fear: Is the cheap gas going to damage your car’s engine? 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.

Because of the advances in engine technology, a car’s onboard computer is able to adjust for the inevitable variations in fuel, so most drivers won’t notice a drop off in performance between different brands of fuel, from the most additive-rich gas sold by the major brands to the bare-bones stuff at your corner quickie mart.

Still, spending a few extra pennies per gallon might provide peace of mind to someone who just purchased a new car and wants to keep it as long as possible. People with older cars might not be as concerned about their engine’s longevity. They can buy the less expensive gas and still be OK.

Steve Mazor, chief automotive engineer with the Automobile Club of Southern California, summed it up this way: “Buy the cheapest gas that is closest to you.”


Mustang Club of America plans twin 50th anniversary drives

Mustang fans mark your calendars because this should be fun if you happen to be in the area.

Ford Motor Co. and The Mustang Club of America are celebrating the Mustang’s 50th anniversary in 2014. To commemorate, Ford introduced the sixth-generation ponycar, and MCA continues with its historic Mustang caravan from Norman, Okla. to either Las Vegas Motor Speedway or Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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