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Not All Gasoline Blends Are Up to Standard

Second-tier fuels can increase engine wear, reduce mileage, warns AAA.

by on Jul.07, 2016

The vast majority of American motorists buy gasoline based on price, not additives.

Hoping to save a few cents whenever it’s time to fill up your fuel tank? You may be wasting your money in the long-term.

Some bargain brand gasoline blends fall short when it comes to adding the detergents needed to keep your engine running smooth and clean, warns a new AAA study. And that can translate into lower mileage, increased emissions and poorer performance – never mind added wear on your car’s engine.

What a Gas!

“AAA was surprised to learn the extent to which detergent additives impact gasoline quality,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “By selecting a quality gasoline, drivers can minimize engine deposits, increase vehicle performance and improve fuel economy.”