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Why The Urge To Buy Cheap Gas Is A Mistake

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Is money tight? 

If you’re like most people right now, you may find your budget is desperately trying to keep up with your expenses and rising costs. 

Saving money on gas is a good thing. But where should you cut costs? Should you buy the cheap gas a few cents below the one down the street?

The old phrase, “You get what you pay for,” comes to mind. 

Did you know there is a difference in quality in gas brands and fuel grades? Therefore, it’s time to end the myth that all gasoline is the same.

All Gasoline Is Not The Same

Frank Scandura, the owner of Frank’s European Service in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, wrote a book called, “How To Take Care Of Your Vehicle So It Can Take Care Of You.” This book is short, but it’s full of vital information that helps car owners get a behind-the-scenes look at car maintenance. In Chapter Three, Frank explains the following:

  • You can’t save money on cheap gas, for it may cost you expensive repairs in the long run.
  • People think gas is gas, but they should understand that the more expensive gas has additives that help a fuel system run cleanly.
  • Gas does not all come out of the same pipe, which means the fuel grades are entirely different.
  • Additives can improve the performance of your vehicle.
  • Cheap gas doesn’t always equal savings because higher quality gas burns better and is more fuel efficient.
  • Additives are needed to break up carbon, and Techron is one of the best additives found in gasoline.
  • Techron is found in Chevron and Texaco fuels, which helps reduce corrosion in your vehicle’s fuel system.
  • When newscasters publicize the cheapest gas in town, they aren’t genuinely helping you.

Cheap Gas Prices Help Advertising

Now that you know that cheap gas does not necessarily help your fuel economy or wallet, think again when seeking low gas prices. If the people in the news are commenting on where the least expensive fuel is located, they’re likely trying to get people to watch the news so they can sell advertising.

How Else Can I Cut Fuel Expenses?

When you maintain your vehicle regularly and take good care of your car, it will take good care of you. Though the temptation may be great to purchase cheap gas, the low-grade fuel will come back to haunt you via dirty fuel systems.

Don’t neglect your vehicle. When you take your car in for regular service intervals, pay attention to the reports your auto mechanic shares with you. For example, low fluid levels and air pressure in your tires can slowly erode your car’s fuel efficiency. Additionally, an older or high-mileage vehicle that has been well-maintained will last longer, drive more safely, and be more reliable.

Visit Frank’s European Service To Help Save On Fuel

If you would like a copy of Frank Scandura’s book, “How To Take Care Of Your Vehicle So It Can Take Care Of You,” please visit our auto repair shops in Las Vegas or Henderson. We enjoy sharing this book with our clients because it helps them better understand what the mechanics face daily. To request your next service appointment, visit our website at

At Frank’s European Service, we deeply value our client’s trust. We are honored to serve generations of Las Vegas and Henderson area drivers and strive to provide the best possible customer service experience. Let us show you what top-shelf customer service feels like for you and your vehicle.

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