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Buying gas from a station on this list is better for your car

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By Mike Timmermann, clarkhoward.com

Engine-cleaning additives in gasoline are worth the extra price to keep your car healthy, according to new testing from AAA. The group found significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold nationwide.

AAA: Pay more for high quality gas

Specifically, gasoline that met Top Tier standards, which are marketed to drivers as having engine-cleaning detergent additives, lived up to their promise and kept engines cleaner.

AAA says non-Top Tier gasoline caused 19 times more engine deposits than Top Tier brands.

Those carbon deposits can reduce fuel economy, increase emissions and negatively impact vehicle performance, especially on newer vehicles.

As a result, AAA is urging drivers to go for gasoline on the Top Tier list.

Since the overwhelming majority of drivers choose location and price when it comes to selecting a gas station, this might mean changing your habits.

“Americans are six times more likely to choose a gas station based on the price of gasoline rather than the quality of the fuel,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Since TOP TIER gasoline is widely available and only an average of three cents more per gallon, AAA urges drivers to reconsider their priorities when selecting a gas station.”

Where do you find Top Tier fuel options? Great question. According to Top Tier, about a third of gas stations meet their fuel quality standards.

Here are Top Tier licensed retail brands, as of July 2016:

76
Aloha Petroleum
Amoco
ARCO
Beacon
BP
Break Time
Cenex
Chevron
CITGO
Conoco
Co-op
Costco
CountryMark
CountryMark Plus
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 (Puerto Rico)
Shell V-Power
Shell V-Power NiTRO+
Sinclair
Standard
SuperAmerica
SuperFuels
Tempo
Texaco
Tri-Par
Valero

 

In addition, some well-known convenience stores exclusively sell Top Tier gasoline provided by a number of licensees.

For more information follow this link, clarkhoward.com

And if you haven’t been using high quality gasoline, AAA says you can reverse some of the damage by making the switch to a Top Tier fuel.

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