Here are some tips for buying a fuel-efficient car
With rising fuel prices, it makes sense to invest in a fuel-efficient car. But what are the factors to consider when buying a car? Here are some tips for buying a fuel-efficient car.
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Consider engine weight and size
The efficiency of a car can be determined by the weight and size of the engine. This is the most important factor in buying a car. Since heavier cars are heavier to push on the road, they consume more gas. While also being a source of weight in itself, engine size affects vehicle power.
If you want a vehicle that consumes less fuel, go for a smaller vehicle. Not only does it use less fuel, but it also produces less carbon dioxide. If you choose a small type of vehicle that meets your daily needs, you will save money on fuel.
Consider security clearances
When it comes to buying cars, we seem to face two conflicting ideas, according to the Bell Performance website. While “lighter vehicles get the best gas mileage, heavier vehicles tend to be the safest.” So, when buying a car, check the combination of factors. Consider safety ratings in the context of gas mileage. And just to be on the safe side, when driving a car, always wear your seat belt.
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Check energy efficiency ratings
In recent years, there had been criticism in the EPA’s estimated gas mileage ratings. That’s because there seem to be discrepancies between what people get in real-world mileage and what the EPA publishes. When buying a car, you need to check fuel efficiency ratings, and we mean not just the EPA, but also what people get in real-world mileage.
When buying a car, avoid unnecessary extras
Because many additional features add weight to the car, it increases the amount of fuel consumed by a vehicle. So, weigh your options if the comfort or convenience these features are worth the increased fuel costs. For example, consider power windows, seats, mirrors and doors. The electricity consumed by these features may not be significant.
Also consider air conditioning, as it can increase fuel consumption by more than 20%. “Look for a system with an ‘economy’ mode to help minimize the impact of air conditioning use,” according to NRCan’s website.
You may want to avoid remote starters as this wastes fuel. Another feature is turbocharged engines as it is more fuel efficient to downsize to a smaller engine with a turbocharger. However, fuel costs can increase if you turbocharge a standard sized engine for more power.
Ask about fuel-efficient features
Consider inexpensive options when buying a car, as this will reduce fuel consumption. Consider buying aluminum wheels as they are lighter than regular wheels. You might also consider having a block heater because it means “you start a mid-warm engine and improve your vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency in the winter,” according to NRCan’s website.
Another feature to secure is the navigation systems. This feature will show you the most direct route, saving you from wasting fuel on possible detours.
Also consider getting cruise control, as it “helps keep a vehicle’s speed constant on the highway,” according to the NRCan article.
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