Over the last month we have been going in-depth with a complex topic. Vehicle fuel options have many myths, misconceptions, and misguided marketing tactics that try to get you to spend more than you need at the pump. In this three part series we went through all of the details, showed you what you need to worry about and what you don’t, and how to save a few bucks at the pump by avoiding unnecessary upsells. Here is an annotated round-up of these articles, we think you will learn a lot by going through them.


The Series: Octane Levels


Part One: Need to Know: Octane Levels

In this article we are looking at octane levels, what they mean, where they came from, and why it is important to know the correct octane level for your vehicle. Is it better to put higher octane fuel in your vehicle, or is the octane myth just about marketing and upselling at the pump? We explain it all right here.

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Part Two: Need to Know: Octane Part 2 (Performance Benefits?)

Here we examine how higher octane fuel levels in a high compression engine can increase power OR increase their energy efficiency. It is all up to the manufacturer’s preferences. What the future will hold for engine compression levels and fuel requirements are still up in the air, but we have a few ideas.

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Part Three: Need to Know: Octane Part 3 (Additives)

In this article we are looking at higher octane fuels, and if the additives they boast improve your engine’s efficiency enough to warrant their high price. Is it just a marketing tactic or do these additives add real value to your fuel purchase?

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