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Report says Americans waste $2 billion on premium gas every year

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Drivers who pay the higher price for high octane fuel might be throwing their money away.

A new report by AAA said Americans are wasting billions of dollars at the pump every year by upgrading to premium fuel unnecessarily.

The auto club said using premium fuel isn't going to make a car's engine actually run better, save fuel or create lower emissions.

"I think there will be quite a number of people that have been paying for high octane gas that will be very surprised,” said AAA Spokesperson Karen Foco.

The study tested all kinds of cars and engines and found their performance remained the same regardless of the type of gas used.

Foco said she wants motorists nationwide to know they're wasting lots of money on premium fuel.

“About $16.5 billion over the course of the last few years,” she said.

Hector Garcia is the owner of American Auto Works. He agreed with AAA's findings.

“There's no just in spending extra money when it's not really going to improve anything,” Garcia said. “You're not going to help anything. Keep the money in your pocket. Stay with 87 octanes and just keep on going."

However, Garcia cautions all of us to check the owner's manual. If your vehicle requires premium, make sure to use it.

"Use premium where it calls for premium,” he said.

Experts like Garcia also want people to perform routine maintenance on their rides. As for Foco, she hopes the study will reduce your pain at the pump.

“Obviously we’re interested in our members saving money,” she said.

The report said vehicles designed to run on regular gas see no benefit from using premium fuel.

If your owner’s manual specifies your vehicle runs on higher octane fuel, you should continue using it.

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