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Premium vs. Regular Gas: What’s the Difference?

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Premium Shmemium. If your car doesn’t specifically call for premium gas, don’t waste your money. Despite advertising to the contrary, that extra 15 to 30 cents a gallon won’t get you any better performance or mileage nor will it make your car run any cleaner.

Premium Performance Cars that need premium have high compression engines and tend to be pricier—so, if you don’t mind paying a “premium” for a little extra horsepower and maybe mpg, go for it. But what if you don’t have one of those fancy shmancy cars and your owner’s manual says to use premium? In most cases regular still won’t hurt (or void the warranty).

Feel the Burn Premium works best when it provides the right fuel to the right engine. In that idealized state, it allows you to optimize your car’s power and arrive at its advertised performance. Most, though, probably wouldn’t notice the change in power when switching from one fuel to another.

Consider “Top Tier” for a Clean Machine Like a human artery, cars can get plaque build-up via the fuel running through their “veins”—almost always as a result of gasoline deposits from low quality fuel. “Top Tier” isn’t a marketing slogan but an actual EPA approved designation for gasoline that meets a minimum standard for engine cleanliness and performance. It contains a higher-percentage of detergent additive and requires that all fuel grades marketed by a gasoline brand meet that standard (not just the premium, for example).




Give us a call today at TGK Automotive if your vehicle needs repair or maintenance. Or check out our special offers on our website for a coupon by clicking here.


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