How to Cut Your Fuel Costs with Autogas
The main reason people choose to have their vehicle converted to autogas is because it saves them money.
You save more than enough to cover the cost of conversion and bank additional savings for years.
The more kilometres you drive, the faster the payback and the more you save.
The Cost of Conversion
The choice between vapour injection and liquid injection probably has the greatest impact on cost, with vapour systems being less expensive.
Engine size, desired tank size, vehicle age and the specific model can all influence the cost, as well.
Popular models with pre-engineered conversion kits available will cost less than the conversion of something exotic that has never been converted before.
LPG conversion specialists are happy to provide free quotes for the cost of the work.
The Lower Price of Fuel
Converting to LPG will generally deliver a cost saving of between 50 to 65 cents per litre.
At the high point of the price cycle you save even more, as LPG pricing is stable.
This means that over the lifetime of your car, you would end up with impressive savings on your fuel costs.
For example, if you drive 30,000km per year, your savings could be nearly $1,500/year, compared to using petrol.
This type of savings is what has made LPG conversion popular with fleet operators, too.
Beating the Price Cycle
So, it really doesn’t matter when you fill up, as you always save.
In contrast, if you drive a considerable distance every week you frequently find yourself in a position where you need to purchase petrol or diesel while prices are at the high point of the Australian price cycle.
A few years back, when the price cycle was just one week, most people had the cruising range, on a single tankful, to make it through.
Now the price cycle is 2 weeks or longer, exceeding the length of time you can go between fill-ups.
Savings on Your Commute
According to the Australian government, the average commuting distance in Australia is 15.6 km.
In cold starting, an LPG vehicle does not require a choke cycle to warm up.
This means it is using less fuel on short trips, when compared to petrol.
In addition, LPG does not wash the protective lubricant from cylinder walls, reducing wear.
LPG also greatly reduces the build-up of carbon on internal engine components, which reduces engine wear.
Making back the Cost of your Conversion
For example, if you drive an average of 30000km per year and you had spent $2799 on your conversion (based on the example price of converting a 6-cylinder 2009-2014 Ford Falcon), then you would be able to cover the cost of your conversion within 24 months.
Once the cost of the conversion has been covered, you will start to bank savings.
Many high usage fleets opt to have LPG conversions, because they know that they will achieve a large positive return on their investment.
Other Ways to Save with Autogas
In addition to lower fuel costs, autogas vehicles normally require less maintenance, which means that you will have to spend less per year on upkeep for your vehicle.
As autogas is a cleaner burning fuel, it produces less carbon overall when compared to diesel and petrol.
That manifests itself in both vehicle emissions and the waste that will also start to coat a lot of the engine components.
Although built with this in mind, the more waste materials that are allowed to build up on these components, the more quickly that they are likely to wear out.
Therefore, if you are using a fuel that burns more cleanly, then the components in the engine are likely to last for longer before they need to be replaced.
Overall, this helps to lower your regular maintenance costs in comparison to running a petrol or a diesel vehicle.
If you want to save money on vehicle operating costs, you definitely need to look at the LPG conversion option.
You can save on both fuel and maintenance costs.
As a bonus, you also get to do the right thing environmentally, drastically reducing CO2, NOx and particulate emissions.
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