Does Buying Good Quality Gas Matter?

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Gasoline is refined from crude oil and can contain impurities and minor inconsistencies. Because of this, it is standard practice for additives to be mixed into gas. This means that one person can fill up their car anywhere and get relatively the same product. Despite that, there are companies that claim their gas is the cleanest or best for engine performance.

Top Tier gasoline

Automakers around the world agreed that government requirements for fuel additives were not adequate since they have not changed to meet the demands of modern engines. Now, if a company can prove that their gas has additives and detergents that keep residue from building up on valves or in the combustion chamber, they are qualified to call themselves a Top Tier gasoline supplier. This type of fuel is formulated to keep engines running efficiently. There are multiple companies, such as Exxon, Shell, and Conoco, that all have different formulas for gasoline that all qualify as Top Tier. Automakers claim that these requirements make the gas better for modern cars.

Is Top Tier gas really better though? Technically it is, by virtue of being engineered to pair with the demands of modern engines, but the difference would be hard to notice. No manufacturer is going to make a car that only works with one brand of gasoline or a car that could be damaged by using gas that comes from any normal fuel pump. The standards for gasoline in the US are already sufficient to ensure that every single gas station sells a reliable product that does not harm valves or combustion chambers.

Keep in mind:

  • Always fill your car with the recommended octane fuel

  • The recommended octane for that specific vehicle should be written either on the gas cap or on the fuel filler door

  • The vehicle’s manual should specify what octane is optimal for that vehicle


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Robert

11 years of experience
62 reviews
Robert
11 years of experience
Infiniti FX35 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Springfield, Virginia
Early arrival....great work....Thank you so much for your services...will be using and recommend you for sure to family n friends!!!! God bless you
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Derwood, Maryland
Showed up on time (actually early!l Answered any questions I had. Completed service quicker than expected! Even helped with tire that had a slow leak.

Augustine

11 years of experience
37 reviews
Augustine
11 years of experience
Hyundai Accent - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
I had an appointment to have brakes/rotors done. Augustine is a very nice guy. Personable and polite! He came 30 minutes early for the appointment, and asked me if he could come early before he came. Top quality, will use him again for rear brakes/rotors in a few weeks.
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!

Chris

21 years of experience
1786 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Mission Viejo, California
Chris is outstanding in all aspects. We always select him to service our vehicles. He's always prompt, friendly, and more importantly HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING! Thanks Chris!
Lexus SC430 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Laguna Niguel, California
Chris's delivered excellent service and arrived ahead of schedule. I would want to book Chriss for my next service appointment.

Christopher

9 years of experience
20 reviews
Christopher
9 years of experience
Kia Rondo - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Houston, Texas
Christopher is very knowledgeable about diagnosing the problem, repairing it, and discussing why it is important to fix it. I appreciate him letting me know what future maintenance is necessary. Christopher is very professional while having the ability to making the customer feel at ease. I am satisfied with his work.

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