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Is Buying Premium Gas a Waste of Money?

September 29, 2016

According to a new study by AAA, you may be wasting money if you're buying premium fuel for your vehicle - even if the manufacturer recommends it. We're talking about over $2 billion in wasted gas money each year.

AAA testing found that many vehicles designed to run on regular gas did not show any emissions, fuel economy, or horsepower improvement when using premium fuel.

AAA recommends drivers looking to get the best performance from their engine should instead purchase gas from top tier gas stations, which include:

76, Aloha Petroleum, Amoco, Arco, Beacon, BP, Break Time, Cenex, Chevron, Citgo, Conoco, Co-op, Costco, CountryMark, Diamond Shamrock, Entec, Esso, Express, Exxon, Holiday, Kwik Star Stores, Kwik Trip, Mahalo, MFA, Mobil, Ohana Fuels, Petro-Canada, Phillips 66, Puma, QT, Quik Trip, Road Ranger, Shamrock, Shell/Shell V-Power, Sinclair Standard, SuperAmerica, SuperFuels, Tempo, Texaco, Tri-Par, and Valero

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- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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