What’s the Difference Between Premium vs. Regular?

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Everyone’s been at the gas station and while pumping gas looked at the other options on the pump. What’s the difference between premium vs regular gas? You might have caught yourself wondering more than once. Well, the experts at Kareem Auto Sales Inc are here to answer that question once and for all. We’ve compared the two options, and are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to know the difference. 

What is Regular Unleaded Gasoline? 

Regular unleaded is the most common type of gasoline. It’s better for the environment, and your health, than the gas that contains lead. Regular gas has an octane rating, or how well it combats inappropriate fuel combustion, is an 87 meaning it works well for most vehicles on the Elk Grove roads.

What Exactly is Premium? 

Both premium and regular share a number of qualities. Both are produced from crude oil, both are combustible, but where they differ is the octane levels. Most premium gasoline will have an octane level that is 90 or above. Premium gasoline helps keep your engine cleaner, which leads to less pollution when you’re commuting between home and Roseville. 

Premium vs. Regular Gas – Highlighting the Differences

Octane rating isn’t the only thing that sets these two apart: 

  • Octane Rating: The higher your gasoline’s octane rating, the less chance there is your engine knocking, which can cause damage. Premium gasoline has a less likely chance to cause this, also known as pre-ignition. 
  • Engine Suitability: In engines that have a low compression ratio, regular gas burns faster and is more suited for use. However, the higher the compression ratio of your engine, the more it benefits from premium.
  • Price: Premium gas can be significantly more per gallon than regular gas, which adds up if you’re frequently traveling through Folsom

Before deciding whether premium vs. regular gas is right for you, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Unless your car requires premium gas, using premium will have no benefits to performance or longevity. 
  • Assuming your vehicle does use premium gas, using regular gas typically will not harm the engine. If you start to hear knocking when you use regular unleaded gas, it is best to switch to premium gasoline. 
  • If your vehicle has a turbocharger, it may be necessary for you to use premium gas. 

Find More Helpful Tips at Kareem Auto Sales Inc

Now that you know more about the differences between premium vs. regular, you can find more helpful tips on our website. Contact us with any questions you might have, or to schedule a test drive with one of our many vehicles today. Or speak to our finance department to begin the car buying process today.

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