Fuel Economy Savings

The high price of gas is driving the increase in fuel economy for new cars.  Here’s the reason.  The higher the cost of gas, the higher the cost per mile of travel.  It is difficult to change the market price of gas, but it is possible to change to a more efficient car.  A four cylinder is the best choice in this case.  The chart below shows the cost per mile for $3.00/gal gas.

The x-axis is mpg, and the y-axis is cost per mile.  RVs are at the low end of this scale at around 5-10 Highway mpg depending on the setup.  Trucks are next at 10-20 MPG.  Large cars and performance cars are around 15-30 mpg.  Economy cars and hybrids top the chart at 30-55 mpg.  Each group of cars is significantly less expensive to operate than the last.  That’s where the change is.  People are trading in their RVs and trucks for less costly to operate vehicles.  The furthur to the right on the chart, the less percent increase there is in the money spent on gas.  11-13 mpg is a more significant change than 31-33 mpg.

Note that the change from 11-13 MPG is more significant than 31-33 MPG.  There is decreasing benefits once a certain Fuel Efficiency is reached.  The limit is eventually reached due to the laws of thermodynamics.

Note that the change from 11-13 MPG is more significant than 31-33 MPG. There is decreasing benefits once a certain Fuel Efficiency is reached. The limit is eventually reached due to the laws of thermodynamics.

New car buying

Hello FPO readers,

New car buying comes up frequently as a topic of interest.  The internet has become an integral part to the automotive shopping experience.  Below are a few pointers to keep in mind when buying a new car…

Remember when buying a car, the dealer may or may not tell you of all of the discounts that you qualify for. Your mileage may vary. To avoid missing out on any incentives, build the car first on the car company’s website. See if any special offers were priced in. Also look at the special offers webpage for that manufacturer. Student and military discounts through the manufacturer aren’t always advertised, but can still be in effect.

Once you have a car virtually built, finding every incentive you can qualify for, then go to the dealer with that in hand. Try to get the car down even further in price by negotiating down to invoice or lower. This works well for plain “no frills” cars that are overstocked. The dealers need to move these cars to make room for new model year and more profitable cars.

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