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Gas Savings In St. Louis: Sharpen Your Pencil

April 11th, 2012

by: Mike Najjar

 

High gas prices in St. Louis have hit most of our budgets. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related stuff. Increased fuel costs are now consuming a bigger portion of that budget and you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance.



According to news reports and industry studies, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle.

Gas Savings In St. Louis: Sharpen Your PencilIn this area, we can take a lesson from professional St. Louis vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, St. Louis folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science.And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance.

Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents expensive repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in fuel economy may mean not being profitable.

So what does this mean to St. Louis drivers? Well, there’s a ninety percent chance that you’re missing some service that would improve your fuel economy. Here’s a quick reminder list:

Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, engine air filter, wheel alignment, oil change, tune up.
Ring any bells? Can you honestly say that there isn’t at least one thing on the list that hasn’t been done?

Let’s suppose you chose to spend one hundred and fifty dollars and get caught up on some of these services at Master Auto Repair. Figure that they combine to improve your fuel economy by fifteen percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?

Well, the average personal vehicle in St. Louis is driven about twelve thousand miles a year. If you get twenty miles per gallon in your sedan, over the course of one year you would pay for the hundred and fifty dollars worth of service and save an additional hundred and sixty five dollars if gas is at three dollars and fifty cents. If gas is four fifty, you would save two hundred and fifty-five dollars. And you’d rack up savings of three hundred and forty five dollars with gas at five and a half bucks.

 

GAS PRICE $3.50 $4.50 $5.50
20 MPG $165 $255 $345

 

From this you can see that the more fuel costs, the more it pays to take care of your sedan. Some of us drive trucks in St. Louis for work or recreation – or want a large SUV for family needs. A fifteen percent improvement in fuel economy can generate huge savings – six hundred and sixty dollars a year if gas is four fifty a gallon in St. Louis. Take a look at this table to see where your savings could lie.

 

 

GAS PRICE $3.50 $4.50 $5.50
10 MPG $480 $660 $840
20 MPG $165 $255 $345
30 MPG $60 $120 $180

 

 

 

So catch up on those services you’ve been neglecting at Master Auto Repair. Get a couple done now and a couple next time.Chances are you’ll save a lot of money at St. Louis gas pumps this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.

Gas Savings In St. Louis: Sharpen Your Pencil was written by of Master Auto and Tire
  Tags: auto mechanics
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    St. Louis, MO 63125
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    (314) 843-0090
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  • 7027 Hampton Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63109
    (314) 832-5357
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    Collinsville, IL 62234
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    St. Louis, MO 63139
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