You may be too young to remember the “Miracle 100 mile per gallon carburetor” that was routinely offered to desperate motorists during the twin oil shocks of the 1970s – but don’t worry, there are plenty of scam artists trying to make a quick buck taking advantage of the latest run-up in oil prices.
As fuel costs surge towards $4 a gallon nationwide – with some analysts forecasting $5 before things settle down – fuel economy has become the hot topic of conversation. Automakers report it’s the top item on most customers’ shopping lists. And it’s sending millions of existing owners scrambling to find ways to improve the mileage of the vehicles they have.
Yes, there are plenty of ways to improve your fuel economy – like eliminating jack-rabbit starts and keeping your car in tune, but experts warn that there are few, if any, devices that you can simply plug in, screw on or pour into the gas tank that will make any difference – except giving your hard-earned money to some scam artist.
“The only devices that I have seen work are cold air intakes that can increase fuel economy modestly but normally they are sold to increase power”, said Michael Evans, Executive Vice President of Atlas Oil in Taylor, Michigan.