Gas prices still aren’t cheap! In fact, the fluctuating price of gasoline continues to be a serious concern for many new and used car buyers. Do you rely on the seller to provide fuel economy figures for you? It’s best to do this research on your own.
When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I used a straight-forward, user-friendly government website as my main resource to discover the gas mileage of virtually any vehicle I came across. This easy-to-use website is www.FuelEconomy.gov.
Keep in mind that beginning with the 2008 model year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed how they calculate MPG for all vehicles. They now calculate the rating using different criteria, including 1) higher speeds and acceleration, 2) air conditioning use, and 3) colder outdoor temperatures.
These changes effectively reduced the fuel economy rating for virtually every car, truck, and SUV. The idea was to make the MPG closer to what drivers actually get. However, if you are like most drivers, you probably still find that most EPA gas ratings are still lower than the actual mileage achieved.
When you get to FuelEconomy.gov, click on “FIND AND COMPARE CARS…” in the upper-right corner. The process is simple from there. And remember that other resources are also available, including an explanation of alternative fuel vehicles, how hybrid vehicles work, new tax incentives for diesel vehicles, and more.
If you're attempting to compare one make or model to another, be sure that you compare "old" ratings to "old" or "new" to "new." Otherwise you won't be comparing them in a fair manner. This is particularly important if you are looking to purchase a pre-owned vehicle and comparing the gas mileage of one vehicle to another.
If the vehicle you are selling is economical to operate, consider putting the fuel economy rating in your online ad. Be sure to list the city, highway, and combined MPG rating. This will not only make your ad stand out from the hundreds of others online, but it’s actually useful information for potential buyers.