Over $4 and Rising

Gas prices are on the rise around the country and especially high in Los Angeles where most stations are over $4.00 / gallon.  With that in mind, finding fuel efficiency in your next car purchase is worth investigating.

The U.S. Department of Energy has reviewed the 2012 best and worst cars and trucks in terms of fuel economy.   Now you can confidently evaluate how much money you will save with improved fuel efficiency.  According to the DOE website, “a vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $870 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.48).  Over a period of 5 years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $4,350.”

If you aren’t in the market for a new or fuel efficient car leader, its worth reviewing the factors that impact MPG.   Perhaps its time to remove some of your excess cargo or change your speeding and idling habits.  And of course you could also find the cheapest gas prices around town at one of these websites.  According to one map, the ARCO and Valero stations around Echo Park, Silverlake and Highland Park seem to lead the low price options.

 

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