Skepticism of fuel additives may be justified

By WEEK Producer

Skepticism of fuel additives may be justified

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM CDT

CHICAGO – A new study shows most motorists are skeptical of the benefits of fuel additives.

In a recent GasBuddy survey, 8,500 respondents said they doubt how well additives actually work, while 10,000 said they don’t use them at all.

Only 24 percent, or 2,076 people, said they thought additives made their vehicle run better. Two percent said the additives actually lowered their vehicle’s performance.

"We believe the skepticism of our respondents is well-founded," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "Some additives make exorbitant claims suggesting that fuel economy might improve by up to 25 percent. Unfortunately, none of these product claims have ever been substantiated by any government review or consumer agency."

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