Whether gasoline prices are rising or falling in recent months and years, most people are always looking for ways to save a few cents or a few bucks at the pump. Owning a car that runs on diesel only makes things simpler. And just ruling out premium gasoline entirely is an other tactic…if your car is not on the premium gas required list, as composed by Edmunds. But it’s hard to dispel the low level fear that using cheap gasoline will lead to repair problems down the road by damaging your engine.
Well, have no fear. The bottom line is this: you can adopt the “don’t worry, buy regular and be happy” philosphy. But if it makes you feel better, Edmunds.com surveyed several experts in various fields, including two engineers with the American Automobile Association (AAA), an automotive engineer at a major carmaker and several gasoline manufacturers. Once again, the consensus is that it’s unlikely to hurt your car by using regular gasoline.
One reason: engine technology advances in recent years. Your vehicle’s own internal 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.
But America loves choice…and some people might want the extra peace of mind because they just purchased a new car and want to keep it as long as possible. Others with older cars might not be as concerned about their engine’s longevity. They can buy the less expensive gas and still be OK.
Chief automotive engineer with the Automobile Club of Southern California, Steve Mazor, simply states it like this: “Buy the cheapest gas that is closest to you.”