Cheap Gas and Your Car - It's a question I always ask myself when gas prices go up:
Is cheap gas bad for my car?
As I fill up the tank at Peter's Petrol, I promise my car I'll make up for this abuse and feed it better gas next time. But is there anything wrong with cheap gas?
All Gas Comes from Same Place
California Energy Commissioner Jim Boyd said in a CBS News Report that since the fuel crisis in the 1970's, the EPA has set standards that ALL gas must meet. Plus, Boyd declared:
"Gasoline comes from just a few terminals."
So since the all gas has to meet the same EPA standards AND comes from a small number of terminals, gas is gas.
The only difference is price.
Is There a Difference Between Brands?
Yes and no. It's all the same gas. However, brand names like Chevron/Texaco, Mobile, Shell, etc. all claim that they add detergents and special additives that help keep your engine cleaner.
My mechanics throughout the years seem to buy into this as well--they have always advised using brand name gas OR pouring in detergents and additives every so many miles, "just to keep the engine clean."
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