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This feels like an ongoing topic for the last couple of years, but gas prices don’t seem to be getting down to what we remember them to be in 2007 and before.  Not only are the prices going up, but it feels like more and more manufacturers are building vehicles that recommend using higher premium gas to fuel your vehicle. 

Putting the recommended gasoline in your vehicle is the best way to keep your asset as perky as possible.  Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Look at manufacturer recommendations. Often, the clearest and most direct advice on what grade of gasoline to use is clearly written in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Evaluate diesel or unleaded fuel options. Most vehicles on the market accept either diesel fuel or conventional unleaded gasoline. What’s tricky is that some consumer vehicles, including compact cars and sedans from the Volkswagen brand, take diesel fuel. Understand which one your vehicle runs on before filling up, since making the wrong choice can be dangerous.
  3. Understand the need for specialty or high-performance cars. Most vehicles simply take the lowest grade and lowest octane gasoline at the pumps, the 87 octane. The exceptions are usually either specialty cars with high-class construction and engines, or high-performance cars that need a higher octane fuel to help resist engine knocking because of a hotter combustion chamber. Figure out your car or truck’s engineering, and you’ll know which type of gas it should use.
  4. Consider the age and condition of your vehicle. Mechanics will sometimes recommend that the drivers of older, ailing vehicles switch to higher octane as a possible way to keep the car running longer. This is not a general recommendation, and it only applies in specific cases, so don’t do it unless you have solid evidence that it will improve how your engine runs.

Not only is the right gasoline needed, but did you know there are different tiers of quality of gas?  Top Tier Detergent Gasoline help drivers avoid lower quality gasoline which can leave deposits on critical engine parts, which reduces engine performance.  So if you want to get the most out of your vehicle, do what is recommended. 

Here are the Top Tier gasoline retailers:

USA Phillips 66
76 Stations Quik Trip
Aloha Petroleum Rebel Oil
Chevron Road Ranger
Conoco Severson Oil
CountryMark Shell
Entec Stations Texaco
Exxon Tri-Par Oil Co.
Hawaii Fueling Network (HFN) U.S. Oil
Holiday Stationstores, Inc. Canada
Kwik Trip / Kwik Star Chevron Canada
MFA Oil Co. Esso
Mileage Stations Petro-Canada
Mobil Shell Canada
Ohana Fuels  


Keep in mind, a Top Tier provider does not necessarily mean that they will be the most expensive.  Fuel your car like you fuel your body, you will be happy you did!



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