When gas prices rise, it becomes more and more difficult just to keep your car running. No one likes hitting the gas station twice a week. Fuel efficiency is quickly becoming one of the selling points of vehicles. So if you are in the market for a new car, there are a few things that you should look for to ensure that you get the most for your money as possible. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working, as they should be.
Hybrid Vehicles are Beneficial
Hybrid vehicles are the latest in eco-friendly fuel efficiency. While they have not been exactly proven to emit any less carbon into the air, they are extremely fuel efficient. Some hybrid cars can get up to fifty miles per gallon on average, which is close to five hundred miles per tank. This is an astonishing amount of mileage out of one single tank of gas. The problem is hybrid cars, while not as expensive as they once were, are still fairly costly. They also run on special batteries that have to be replaced, depending on the car manufacturer, every ten years or 150,000 miles. The batteries can range in price depending on the make and model of the specific car. So while you may be saving money on gas, unless you are driving a certain amount of miles each year, you may end up spending more than you are saving with your hybrid.
The Fuel System Should be Inspected
Hybrid fuel systems are less expensive than hybrid vehicles, and they offer nearly identical fuel efficiency properties. Hybrid fuel systems use a mixture of various substances to enable the vehicle to get more miles per gallon. Unfortunately, most manufacturers keep their ingredients secret, or name them themselves, such as oxy-hydrogen, which is a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen without any other specified ingredients. However, some use ingredients such as water or corn to derive power. Hybrid systems may be more fuel efficient than standard fuel systems, but it is best to research any before you buy.
Inspect the Tires Regularly
It is strange to think that your tires can affect how many miles per gall your car receives, but it is true, they can. Your tires are the only link between your vehicle and the ground. This means that the better they perform, the better your car performs. If your tires are in good condition, your car will have less work to do in order to make them move. Ultimately, this will allow your engine to work slightly less, upping your fuel efficiency. Check your tire pressure regularly, and get your tires rotated every thousand miles or so, to ensure that they are in peak condition. When your tires start to become bald, replace them. Bald tires require your engine to do more work in order to have them grip a surface. While the tires will not take hundreds of miles out of your tank per year, they will make a difference. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you.