Cheaper gas isn’t always better for your car

Federal law requires a minimum level of additives in all gasoline

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Some of us spend a lot of time shopping for clothing. Ultimately, cotton is cotton and polyester is polyester. However, gas is different, and how much time do you spend shopping for that?

Summer drive time in New England; start your engine and fill up the tank, but know that what you fill it with affects how that engine performs. From the octane rating to the additives.

When it comes to gas, cheaper isn’t always better. Figuratively speaking, you are probably better putting an extra couple of dollars into your gas tank to make sure you get a brand of gas that you know and trust.

Additives can also be called cleaners or detergents

Ken Arnold of Deerfield told 22News, “I usually use unleaded gas in my car and I usually don’t pay that much attention to the stuff that might have additives in it.”

Federal law requires a minimum level of additives in all gasoline, but many brand names have extra. It reduces carbon build up on your engine, improving its life and your gas mileage.

22News spoke with people who either don’t believe it, or don’t care.

Wayne Huey of Northampton said, “I run a V8. We do a lot of running. I go for the price. I don’t care what’s in it, as long as it’s not water.”

Codee Tackett of Kentucky said, “I just don’t think it makes a difference. Gasoline is gasoline. It’s probably all refined in the same place anyway and they just put a different label on it.”

It’s true that branded and unbranded gas could come from the same refinery, but the additives are put in after the refining process.

Stephen Brackett of Abba Motors in Florence told 22News using inferior gas now can cause problems down the road; “Because cars are very sophisticated computer wise, they compensate for a lot of the impurities. The damage and the repercussions are cumulative. You may not notice it at first, and then down the road it’s hard to associate it to a gasoline issue.”

According to AAA, gas with extra additives costs about 3-cents more per gallon, but leaves about 19-times fewer engine deposits.

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