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September Gas Prices

The second half of the month should see a fall in September gas prices due to the switch to less expensive winter-blend gasoline

The auto club says the switch to cheaper fuel is scheduled for Today. This Friday the average cost for a gallon of unleaded gas was $3.41 across the United States. September gas prices are down 3 cents from last week where it was $3.44.

The average across the U.S. for gasoline declines during the weeks following Labor Day, which is due to the end of summer driving season. Today also marks the day when refineries transition to a winter-blend gasoline every year. Emission requirements in the summer that are in place to prevent pollution in warmer temperatures are not needed in the winter. Global politics, natural disasters and other events can cause instability in gas prices in the months ahead as well.

You would think September gas prices would increase due to the political unrest, particularly in Ukraine and Iraq. Fortunately these developments have not had much impact on the gallons of fuel being imported so the cost has not been effected. The growing U.S. fuel production and decreased global demand has reduced the worry about any disruptions in supply as the Middle East and Russia are going through turmoil. Crude oil settled at $92.27, down $1 from last week.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted inventories fell 970,000 barrels to 358.6 million barrels, gasoline stocks rose 2.4 million barrels to 212.4 million barrels and gasoline demand fell almost 900,000 bpd to 8.611 million bpd last week. This last April was when demand for fuel has been this low. However, the latest level is about even September gas prices a year ago, as is the current four-week average for gasoline demand.

September Gas PricesThe EIA projects that fuel prices will continue to decline through December about 20 cents per gallon lower. These are better prices than last years gas prices which averaged $3.51/gal. 2014 should average $3.46/gal this year and $3.41/gal in 2015, 4 cents lower and 6 cents lower than last month’s STEO, respectively.

You can increase the miles your car can travel in a single tank by taking care of your vehicle. Regular maintenance and Go15, a high performance engine treatment that increases your vehicles miles per gallon. GO15 smooths the metal surface in your engine, reducing friction will give you increased fuel economy and extends your engine life.


Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high)


9/14/14 Week Ago 9/7/14 Year Ago 9/14/13
National $3.40 $3.44 $3.53
Virginia $3.15 $3.18 $3.30
Charlottesville $3.12 $3.14 $3.26
Norfolk Area $3.18 $3.21 $3.31
Richmond $3.07 $3.11 $3.25
Roanoke $3.09 $3.09 $3.22
Crude Oil $92.27per barrel(at Friday’sclose, 9/12/14) $93.29per barrel(Friday 9/5/14 close) $108.60per barrel(9/12/2013)

10 Things You Might Not Know That Could Damage Your Car Paint

The dings and scratches on your car are sometimes unavoidable. People hit your car in the parking lot; they walk by and scratch it with their carts or their purses, and so many other things. But to keep your paint job looking as shiny and new as possible, it’s important to know what can damage your paint. After all, your car’s exterior has more enemies than just sharp objects, ex-significant others and stray shopping carts. Make sure you’re aware of the 10 common things that can cause damage to your automobile’s paint.

  1. Road construction: Areas of road construction tend to have loose rocks and pebbles, wet tar and other pointy objects that aren’t secured. Avoid driving through construction zones if at all possible, as these “constructions bits” can scratch, stick to and all around damage the paint on your car.
  2. Rain: yes rain. Rain pulls with it pollution from the air and this can make your car very dirty. Continuous rain can also cause parts of your car to rust, which will eat away at the paint. If you have a garage at home, make sure you use it.
  3. Bug guts: Those splattered bugs on your car acidic. Wash them off right away to prevent damage; once those suckers harden they are next to impossible to scrub off.
  4. Writing messages: writing messages or drawing funny pictures with your finger on a dirty car is an easy and humorous joke. Unfortunately, that dirty can have the consistency of sandpaper, and etch that image into your car’s paint permanently! Keep your car clean and keep the “dirt artists” away from your vehicle.
  5. Silly string: Whatever this stuff is made of is potent, and bad for your vehicle. It’s not too hard to get it off when it’s wet, but when it dries and hardens it can peel back your paint when you try and scrape it off.
  6. Coffee: coffee and its caffeinated friend soda, are both acidic drinks. If you spill this on your car’s exterior make sure you wipe it up right away.
  7. Shaving cream: chances are you’re not shaving in your car, but this is another item that is commonly used to leave prank messages on cars. Shaving cream can permanently discolor your paint, and it should be washed off immediately.
  8. Bird droppings: It’s common knowledge that birds always find the cleanest, shiniest cars to poop on. This just seems to be what they prefer! But besides being ugly and gross, these droppings are also acidic and no friend to your car’s paint.
  9. Salt: We’re talking about the kind of salt used in the winter to de-ice roads and sidewalks. This stuff can be corrosive: so don’t let it stay stuck to your automobile’s exterior for weeks on end.
  10. Sprinklers Systems: Automatic sprinkler systems can leave permanent water droplet spots on your vehicle’s paint. Direct sunlight will permanently burn these water sports onto your car, and there may be nothing you can do about it.

Cars are durable, and they’re meant to be driven, so there’s no doubt that your vehicle’s paint job will encounter some unavoidable dings and dents. But knowing these then common items that can cause even more harm to your car will help you at least stay away from avoidable damage!

12 Facts About Some Familiar Cars

Most people when looking to buy a new car stay within the same car company for a few reasons. Some do it for the family history, the experience the brand has, or even the marketing techniques that companies use. But here are 12 little known facts about some familiar cars.

Mercedes-Benz: This German brand traces its history to the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagon, considered to be the first automobile. If you think the Model T was the first automobile you probably misread history.

The Chevy Corvette: This sports car was named after a small, maneuverable ship and is actually the official state car of Kentucky. The Bluegrass states is the only state where the Corvette is produced.

The Honda Accord: This was the first automobile from a Japanese manufacturer to be built in the U.S. when it began rolling off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio in 1982.

FIAT: This Italian automobile’s name comes from the words “Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino”. The first initials combine to spell what means in English, “Italian Automobile Factory of Turin”. Sounds a little faster than that doesn’t it?

Volkswagen: Original Volkswagens’ were produced at the urging of Adolf Hitler so Germany could make a “people’s car”. Prior to introduction in the 1930’s, German cars were mostly luxury models owned by the few.

The Chevy Camaro: The name was created by Chevy to coincide with its other “C” car branding names including Chevelle, Corvette and Corvair. It was designed to convey the merging of “camaraderie” and “go”

The DeLorean: this car made famous in the “Back to the Future” series, is actually constructed of fiberglass. Its fiberglass underbody has a thin stainless steel skin.

Jeep: the first Jeeps were made for war use in 1941. They began being made for the general public in 1945. Today they are the oldest off-road vehicles made.

Volvo: the Swedish carmaker traces its history to a ball-bearing manufacturing company. The name Volvo appropriately means… “I roll”.

The Ford Mustang: while Ford has used horses in its For Mustang logo, the idea for the name came from a World War II fighter plane called the P51 Mustang. John Ferzely, co-designer of the car suggested the name to the car company.

Pontiac: this General Motors brand name was named after an Ottawa Indian Chief. The cars were produced in the Detroit area until 1939. Ironically the Indian Chief was famous for his attack on Fort Detroit in 1763.

Prius: the name Prius in Latin means “before”. Toyota says the name was chosen “before” the environment became such a hot issue. But if it was before, how did they know?

Muscle cars, GO15

8 Little Known Facts about the Muscle Car

Almost every red blooded American male loves a good muscle car. And why shouldn’t they? The Muscle Car is part of what makes American cars so special. They were created in America for everyone to love and drive. And we did just that! Not only did we fall in love with the muscle car when it was first created we still love it today. From the classic originals to the modern muscle car, we love them all! Here are a few facts about the muscle car that you probably did not know already.

Fact 1:

Mercury Cougar tail lights were used for the 1967 Shelby Mustangs while the 1968 model incorporated the ones from 1966 Ford Thunderbirds.

Fact 2:

Chevy never produced a 1983 Corvette. The second generation ended up in 1982 and the third generation started in 1984. Some say Chevy needed more time to fit the emission regulations, others claim it was quality bugs at the factory. All 1983 prototypes, except for the one that is at the Nation Corvette Museum, were destroyed.

Fact 3:

Daytona’s aerodynamic drag coefficient is 0.28 – great one for nowadays too. The radical height of the rear wing is said to be not that necessary, the idea was to be able to fully open the trunk.

Fact 4:

Pontiac T-Top roof for the 1976 models were made by Hurst. But they leaked, so Pontiac developed their own version and launched it in the 1978 models. Still, so of the 1978 Firebirds had the Hurst one (aka “Hurst Hatch”).

Fact 5:

The 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 had three different engines installed. The “S-Code” was hardcore but had warranty problems due to incorrect assembly process so the lighter-duty version “T-Code” was developed. The product ended with “A-Code” which had new valvetrain.

Fact 6:

Chevy did not allow any other Chevrolet to be more powerful than that of its top performance car – the Corvette, until the LS6 was made.

Fact 7:

Chevrolet actually developed the ZL-1 427 engine for races. COPO Camaro used that V8 at the Can Am series.

Fact 8:

Pontiac picked up the leftover GNX turbocharged engines from Buick and used those for 1989 20th anniversary Trans Am muscle cars.

Tire Myths

Tires are a vital part of every car and how one billion cars get from point A to point B. Some of these truths and myths make sense, they are the ones we have heard of but some will surprise you on how crazy they are and how we never knew that before. So what are these crazy tire myths and the truths about them you ask, keep reading to find out.

tire mythCrazy tire myth number one:

Car manufactures and tire manufactures have printed on the inside of the car or on the outside of the tire on how full to fill your tire, this is the tire pressure or PSI. But what you probably didn’t know is that it is a myth that tires need to be inflated based on this number. The number provided is actually the maximum that the tires should be filled to, anything more than this and your tire could cause some major accidents or even burst.

Crazy tire myth number two:

Another crazy tire myth is that lowering the tire pressure will better the grip you get on wet surfaces. This is actually really dangerous because then the tire grooves that are there to help disperse the water actually trap the water in the tire giving you less grip on the road and giving the potential risk of hydroplaning or having your car lock up; become a greater possibility.

Crazy tire myth number three:

During the summer time, the air in tires expands due to high temperatures and thus tire pressure should be reduced by a few PSI. This is a big myth, since the rubber on the tires keeps the heat from getting in. The air pressure inside the tire will stay the same temperature if the pressure stays the same. However, if you do reduce the tire pressure the temperature of the tire pressure will heat up since there is less pressure which will cause the tire walls to flex or bend. We advise you to maintain the company recommended PSI even during summer months.

Crazy tire myth number four:

Tire pressure should be reduced in the winter months to improve handling. As we just mentioned, you should not reduce the tire pressure in the summer and you should never reduce the tire pressure in the winter either. In fact, during the winter time you should increase the tire pressure by 2 PSI for every 3-4 degree drop in temperature.

Crazy tire myth number five:

Winter tires are only required during snowfall. This one is a simple one, if you stay in a place where the temperature is below 10 degrees we suggest winter tires for the sole purpose of they are better equipped to handle extreme cold than regular tires are. Even if it isn’t snowing there or it never snows there, if the temperature drops below 10 degrees you should have winter tires on.

Crazy tire myth number six:

Valve caps are used to prevent the tire from losing pressure. This one is one of the craziest but the truest tire myths at the same time. Valve caps are used to prevent dust, water, mud and other things from getting into your tire and causing air pressure loss. So you could make the assumption that valve caps are used to prevent tire air pressure loss but you would be missing the crucial point as to how the tire would lose the air pressure.

GO15Not only will the tires help your car become more efficient but so will GO15. When you use GO15 engine treatment there is an improvement in the ring to cylinder wall seal. This reduces gas blow-by, increases compression and therefore delivers more power and less fuel wasted. In effect, GO15 creates a Higher Combustion Efficiency resulting in improved mileage and performance.

No matter where you are in the world and what the weather is like there, you should always check your tire pressure once a week to make sure you have no leaks and you are driving safely everywhere you go. And, don’t forget the GO15 in your car to help it run smoother and more efficiently.