Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Get Gas - Service Information to Know from Hanson KIA

A car needs gasoline in much the same way a person needs food. And while sometimes a nearby hole-in-the-wall may have good food that won't make you sick, that's not always the case. The same holds true for gas stations: simply choosing based on price or proximity may yield results that aren't the best.

So, how should you go about choosing where to get gas for your Kia? At Hanson Kia, we work hard to give you the information you need, so we're here to help. Below, we list four things to know about where to get gas.

A fuel pump is in bad condition. Avoid places with pumps that look like they haven't had upkeep.

4. Beware of Shady-Looking Gas Stations

You may already avoid gas stations that look pretty sketchy, but there's more than your personal safety at risk. If a gas station is poor condition, filling your Kia from that station may be a bad idea. If the exterior is in disrepair, then the storage tanks may not be in much better shape. If this is the case, moisture or other contaminants may get into the tanks, diluting and contaminating the gasoline.

This is one of the reasons it's best not to wait until the fuel light comes on before you get gas. If the only place within range is a filling station that's clearly seen better days, you may be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

A gas pump with a drop of gasoline dripping from the tip.

3. Watch out for Suspiciously Low Prices

You know the old saying: if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Gas stations that sell gasoline at a deep discount may seem like a great way to save, but that may not always be the case. Many places that sell gas for considerably less than other gas stations may be getting their fuel from disreputable suppliers. Since this gas may have a higher chance of contamination, it could end up costing you more in engine work.

Four different gas nozzles, corresponding to four different types of fuel.

2. Try Top Tier Gas

After gas is taken from the ground and refined, different companies add in different detergent additives. There are a number of additives that are required by federal law; however, some places go above and beyond to provide an even cleaner-burning fuel. If a gas station sells Top Tier gas, that means that it has these additional additives that can be a great boon to your engine. Not that other gas is bad; however, Top Tier gas is decidedly cleaner than the rest.

1. Use the Right Kind of Gas

After you've found a good gas station, don't be lulled into a sense of false security. It's easy to push the wrong button, after all. If you put gas with a lower-than-recommended octane level into your Kia, you could have troubles like engine knock. And if you use E85 fuel on a Kia that isn't a Flex-Fuel Vehicle, you may have even more trouble. Taking a moment to double-check that you're using the right gas can save you lots of trouble.

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