Busting The Gas Grade Myths

Busting the gas myth - Are all gas types the same

At nearly every gas station throughout the lower mainland, you have the option to select “Regular”, “Premium”, and “Plus” gasoline when fuelling your vehicle (diesel obviously, not included). With the ever-climbing price of petrol these days, the majority of people choose regular or premium gas when filling their vehicles. But does your car really need premium fuel?

Often times people assume that “premium” or “plus” grade fuels are better for your car, but are they? You don’t want to risk engine damage to a beautiful BMW or Mercedes-Benz, especially if you are planning on selling your car later on. So, let’s find out.

Can Using the Wrong Gas in Your Car Damage Your Engine?


Usually when you pull up to a pump, the first thing you’ll notice is that the three options for gasoline are typically “87”, “89”, and “91” octane. They are priced from lowest to highest based on its grade. But if all three were exactly the same price, would you still be filling up with 87?

Most people say no, they’d choose 91. However, 91 isn’t necessarily the “best” fuel for your vehicle because different vehicles have different needs and filling up consistently with the wrong grade of gas can have you ending up at Tremblay Motors  in Vancouver for some serious engine work.

Contrary to popular belief, higher octane gasoline isn’t better for your engine, it doesn’t give you better gas mileage, and it doesn’t make your vehicle run better. The only time this would be the case is if your car specifically states in the manual that it needs higher octane fuel to run at its best.

The gas companies just want you to think that more expensive means better performance. Hence, naming their mid-grade gas “premium” which implies it is better. There is not benefit whatsoever to running high octane gasoline in a regular engine.

What Is Octane & What Does It Do for My Car?

The simplest answer is that octane is the measure of how much compression a fuel can withstand before exploding or igniting. So, when octane preemptively ignites, it causes damage to your engine. This is known as misfiring, and is a common vehicle problem with drivers who aren’t putting the correct fuel in their car. It also happens when there are various engine malfunctions.

High-performance vehicles usually require higher octane fuel because they have a higher combustion level in their engines to improve performance. Regular everyday vehicles however, do not have that same engine, so therefore don’t require as much actual octane in their fuel to run them at their best.

Regular gasoline, or the “87” grade gas, is what most engines are designed to run on. If you’ve got an economy car, a family sedan, a light duty truck that isn’t diesel, or a minivan, you likely only need regular unleaded fuel for your car.

How Do I Know Which Gas To Put In My Vehicle?


The best way to know exactly what kind of gasoline you should put in your vehicle is to consult your owner’s manual. Aside from that, it’s pretty safe to say that unless you drive a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or any other luxury or high-performance vehicle, regular gasoline is all your car needs.

However, thanks to ever-advancing technology and engineering, even many of today’s luxury vehicles do not require premium fuel to run at their best. This helps consumers reduce their operating and maintenance costs on premium vehicles.

Although many premium vehicles are more affordable than they once were, some people are really feeling the pinch with today’s inflation and the overall cost to run a high-end vehicle.  If you’ve been thinking about selling your luxury car, truck, or SUV and getting into something more practical and affordable, talk to our team of used car buyers today. We always offer the MOST cash for cars in the Lower Mainland!

Selling a Luxury Car in Metro Vancouver?

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If you have a used sports car or luxury vehicle that you’re looking to sell for top dollar, you’ve come to the right place. Cash For Cars BC has been the Lower Mainland’s #1 used car buyer since 1998, because truly NOBODY pays more for used cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs.

We come to you, we take care of all of the paperwork, we offer more money than most dealerships will give you for trade-in value, and our customer service is second to none. You have every reason to call us if you are serious about selling a car in Metro Vancouver.

Contact us today to see what we will buy your car for!

How Can I Sell My Car in the Lower Mainland?

Simple; get in touch with our dedicated team of used car buyers. We always offer the MOST cash for cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles. No matter what the reason for selling your car, we’ll buy it and make you the best offer you’ll likely get.

Additionally, we make the process of selling a car quick and easy too. Our car buyers come to you, no matter where your vehicle is located. As long as it resides in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, or Vancouver Island, we’ll come directly to you to appraise and buy your car for cash.

No other professional used car buyer can say the same!

What Kind of Vehicles Do We Buy?

Any and all! Whether you’re selling a minivan that’s seen more kids than an elementary school, or selling a classic or vintage car that’s spent most of it’s time in storage, we’ll buy it.

Since 1998, we’ve been the leaders in used car buying for all of the Lower Mainland. That’s why even many of the dealerships use our car buying services to sell their traded-in vehicles and unwanted scrap cars for the MOST cash.

From $100 – $100,000+, we truly do buy them ALL! If you want to sell your car quickly and easily and for the MOST cash, sell it to Cash For Cars BC. We handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

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