Monday, June 22, 2015

Regular vs. Premium Gas: What Really is the Difference?

At Melloy Dodge our sales staff answers a lot of questions to make sure that any given customer drives away in the right car for them. For some it is a Dodge Journey, for others it is a Dodge Dart. While all Dodge vehicles offer a degree of versatility, there many other design and style options to consider. Regardless of which car has been selected, one question we frequently get from new car buyers is: regular or premium gas? There is lots of talk, and lots of myths surrounding this particular topic. As the Albuquerque experts on high performance vehicles, we're here to give you the low down on the real differences, and when you should choose premium over regular.

The most important difference between these two types of gasoline is the octane rating. Generally, a premium gasoline will have a higher octane level, meaning that is less flammable and can withstand more pressure. This high octane quality means that it can help engines run more efficiently. In addition, most premium gasoline includes additives that reduce carbon build-up inside the engine and inhibit corrosion. Ethanol may be added as well to boost the octane rating in premium gasoline. So, you have a brand new Dodge vehicle and you want to take the best possible care of it- should you be using premium gasoline?

Regardless of the vehicle that you're driving, when making a decision at the fuel pump, first consult the owner's manual. Does it say to use premium? Does it say that premium gasoline is recommended? Or does it indicate that regular gasoline is just fine? Most vehicles, even if they suggest the use of premium gasoline, can run on regular, but regular gas may retard the ignition, produce less power, and may prove slightly less fuel efficient. It is always a good idea to consult the staff of your dealership, or your mechanic if you're not sure which kind of gas to use, or if you are making a switch between varieties.

If you're invested in high performance sports vehicles like the Dodge Viper or Dodge Challenger, sticking with equally high grade fuel is a great idea in order to get the maximum benefit and drive from your new vehicle. For most other vehicles (just remember to check the owner's manual first!) regular unleaded gasoline will do the job just fine and maintain a consistent environment under the hood. Want to talk shop with us at Melloy Dodge? Get in touch with our staff with more questions.

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