The single hardest part about owning a car is trying to take care of it. There are so many things to keep an eye on. From the front to the rear bumper, it always seems like there is something to fix, replace, or maintain every other week. Once you drive it off the lot, you spend a lot of time and money keeping your car on the road.
Most people wouldn’t think of refueling their car as a form of maintenance, but it can be. Your car needs fuel to run after all. You probably don’t think about the type of gas you put into your car unless it requires diesel. What if your car specifies it needs premium fuel? That can get expensive, so can you save a bit by putting in non-premium fuel?
What Happens When You Don’t Use Premium Fuel?
You can see the prices when you drive into the gas station. Premium fuel is almost always the most expensive one, but that makes sense because it is premium after all. These fuels usually have a better octane rating and help your car run better. This is why some cars, especially high-end or luxury cars, require premium fuel to run properly.
Whether by mistake or by choice, some people put non-premium fuel into their car. Is that going to destroy your car? Well, it’s not a simple yes or no answer. Modern engines are able to compensate for lower octane fuels, but it still isn’t ideal. Putting in the wrong fuel can void your warranty or even reduce your fuel economy.