Is Buying Premium Gas a Waste of Money?
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
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
California Residents - Important:There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.
- 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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