Although the majority of people likely select “regular” at a gas stations, there are typically several different types of gas available.
Most cars require regular gasoline in order to run correctly. However, some vehicles do require diesel fuel or premium gasoline.
If you do put diesel fuel into a car that is gas-powered, the car will not operate. In fact, making the mistake of putting the wrong fuel into your vehicle can be costly. If you do put diesel fuel into a car that does not require it, you will have to have your tank drained, cleaned, and re-installed.
Often times, cars require regular gasoline. However, if you’re unsure of what your car requires, most cars have a label inside of the fuel door which indicates the type of gas required.
The owner manual for your vehicle should also indicate the type of gas required. There is typically a section that indicates essential fluids as well as a fuel related section. If you are ever unsure about the fuel required for your vehicle, there are plenty of ways to find out.
However, some cars do require premium gas. Performance vehicles, which often have turbo charged or supercharged engines often require premium gas. Other vehicles that often require premium gas include high-horsepower engines and high-compression engines, such as sports cars. Many high-compression engines require premium gas in order to prevent engine knocking which can result in engine damage over time.
Regular gas is typically more affordable when compared to premium, but it’s important that you’re using the required type of gas for your specific vehicle.