Don’t Be Fooled by Fuel Additives Promising Big Savings
BBB offers advice for saving fuel without falling for false claims. With gas prices well above $3.00 per gallon, summer travel can come with a hefty price tag. When gas prices climb, products that claim to improve fuel efficiency might be appealing. But it's a smart idea to be skeptical of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives.
It’s a good idea to watch for these red flag phrases of gas savings:
"Improves gas mileage by 20 percent.” The EPA has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage after evaluating more than 100 alleged gas-saving devices.
"After installing this product, my car gets an extra 4 miles per gallon." Testimonials from satisfied customers will often have exact numbers, but it is very difficult to test for precise changes in gas mileage after installing a product that claims to save gas.
"It’s approved by the federal government." Gas-saving products for cars are not endorsed by any government agency.
Your BBB offers the following gas savings advice:
Make your next car purchase a fuel-efficient one. If you’re in the market for a car, it’s important to consider fuel economy. Assuming gas costs $3.50 per gallon and you drive 15,000 miles a year, a car that gets 30 miles per gallon (MPG) versus one that gets 20 MPG amounts to over $4,000 in savings over 5 years.