We all want the best for our trucks, undoubtedly so. But if you’re the type to splurge on the premium gasoline at the pump in hopes of helping your truck last or perform longer, we have bad news. According to a recent study by AAA, using premium fuel on a vehicle that doesn’t require it is a waste of money. Let’s talk about how this affects the used trucks Orlando customers purchase from Gibson Truck World.
When we (and the gas stations) refer to regular or premium gasoline, we are referring to that gasoline’s octane amount. Premium gasoline lies anywhere from 91 to 93 octane, whereas regular is 87-89. The findings by AAA show that over 16 million Americans pay for premium when their trucks don’t actually need it. This means that over $2.1 billion dollars were spent superfluously.
Their studies showed that there was absolutely no increased performance or benefit by using premium fuel for vehicles that didn’t need it according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Premium fuel is not necessarily a premium or higher-quality product. For vehicles that do need it, as specified by the owner’s manual, the premium fuel is actually required. Using lower grade fuel, or rather, lower octane fuel, can actually harm the engine and, in effect, lower performance and longevity over time.
These findings come from a reputable organization and were performed exactly like the tests done by the Environmental Protection Agency. Looking to save some money? Make the switch the regular gasoline if your manual does not dictate that premium is required. Now, if you want to keep using premium gasoline, that is your choice, but the findings show you will be wasting your money.
At Gibson Truck World, we pride ourselves in providing the best information to our customers. We care about your experience and about your wallet! When you purchase one of the many used trucks Orlando’s premiere dealership has in stock, you’ll find that great care and work has been done to ensure you have a pleasant experience. It’s simply the way we do business. If you have any questions, simply give us a ring at 407-321-0660 any day of the week!