Is Cheap Gas Bad for Your Car?

Posted on July 22, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Gasoline is expensive and you're looking for every way possible to save money at the pump. You already shy away from premium fuel, knowing that your car doesn't require it. You'd like to save a few pennies per gallon more by going to an off-brand gas station. But you can't get rid of the nagging fear: Is the cheap gas going to damage your car's engine? put this question to experts in several fields, including an automotive engineer at a major carmaker, gasoline manufacturers and two engineers with the American Automobile Association (AAA). It boils down to this: You can stop worrying about cheap gas. You’re unlikely to hurt your car by using it.

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Related Topics: fuel costs, fuel management

Comments ( 1 )
  • Andrew

     | about 7 years ago

    Cheap gas stations are that way because of no frills or no advertising (or both). They often just buy overrun from the big boys. I would just avoid out of the way stations that don't loom like they sell much gas, there could be an issue with the gas getting old in the tanks (this has plagued car mags on occasion when they do features well off the beaten path.

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