You’re reading up on Orlando Hyundai, which tells us two things. As current/future Hyundai owners, you care about quality vehicle ownership, and you’re concerned about making your dollars go further.
Even Hyundai owners, who are already getting some of the most efficient cars on the market, can use some of the following tips for taking care of your car — and being money-smart about it.
1. Fill up with a lower-octane gasoline. Buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your car. Unless your car requires premium gasoline, filling up your car with high-octane fuel is a waste of money. That pricey premium fuel won’t boost your car’s fuel economy or performance, so skip it.
If you’re not sure what grade of fuel works best for your car, open up your Hyundai owner’s manual and take a look. As long as your engine doesn’t knock or ping when you fuel up with regular unleaded, you’re good to drive on this much cheaper gas. Passing on pricey premium gasoline could save you hundreds of dollars a year.
2. Don’t top off. Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.
3. Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing, or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car.
4. Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna, but it also zaps fuel from your gas tank, as it evaporates faster than being in the shade.
5. Use your garage for your car. Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won’t have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.
6. Pump up your tires. Don’t get caught driving on under-inflated tires. They wear down more quickly and lower your car’s gas mileage. Your car’s gas mileage may plummet by as much as 15 percent. Driving on under-inflated tires may also reduce the life of your tires by 15 percent or more.
As always, you can call the Orlando Hyundai service department if you have any questions.
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