Do different grades of gas affect your car?

January 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Gas prices may be going down across the country, but that doesn't mean it is easy to fill up a tank without putting a dent in your wallet. Those drivers who are committed to filling up a tank with premium fuel are likely still budgeting their expenses, but it may be worthwhile. Many believe that the high-quality fuels are better for a car, and it may help stave off auto repair or breakdowns. recently reached out to several auto experts to see just how big of a role type of gas plays in vehicle maintenance. The findings suggest that even low-cost gas won't hurt a car, and drivers don't have to worry as much about what they're fueling their automobiles with. 

"It's not like any of the fuels are totally junk," John Nielsen, director of engineering and repair for AAA, told "If you buy gas from Bob's Bargain Basement gas station because that's all that's available, it won't hurt your car." 

Still, drivers may want to base their decision on what is best for their specific make and model car. Nielsen recommended consulting an owner's manual to check what the preferred type of fuel is, and stick to that option whenever possible. 

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