Pros and cons of LPG Conversion
As the world becomes more dependent on oil and petrol as primary resources of every industry, people are wondering just how high can gas prices get in future. Having this in mind plus the rising use of cars in our everyday life, it becomes more than clear that drivers will slowly shift from diesel and petrol based cars and look for more cost efficient alternatives. Even car manufacturers cannot surpass this information and while we are discussing this issue their research departments are working on hybrid and electric models of their cars. One alternative that is starting to be used and implemented by a vast number of car owners is LPG conversion. LPG or liquified petroleum gas has maintained a much cheaper price compared to diesel and petrol prices and that is why people are converting their car engines to this type of fuel. But is the benefit of low costs enough to convince people to do LPG conversion of their cars or is there more to it?
Like we said, LPG conversion allows cutting fuel costs and saving lots of money. Calculations and reports show that petrol and diesel based cars can reach up to 40% of savings in gas money for an average car. This is not a small number at all. If you add the installation costs it may raise the final bill but you shouldn’t put too much emphasis on this, as this is considered a long term investment.
Besides the main cost-saving benefit that LP gas can bring to your personal account, LPG converted engines are more environmental friendly because they release almost 14% fewer CO2 emissions than cars that run on petrol, and an amazing 50% fewer CO2 emissions than cars that run on diesel. Although most people who have converted haven’t considered this information it is important to know why government entities are allowing LPG conversion in the first place. However you should also know that a pre purchase vehicle inspection is required to determine whether an LPG conversion can be done on your vehicle.
Changing the fuel system of a car doesn’t come with zero downsides. One con with LPG conversion is fitting the new fuel tank in either your car’s trunk or other space available. That is why LPG conversion in Melbourne auto shops is so expensive. Despite the initial installation costs you will also have to service the tank on every 12 months for an arranged price with your mechanic.
Limited availability of liquid petroleum gas is another obstacle than influences the high cost of LPG conversion in Melbourne. In the city areas this won’t be a problem as all city gas stations have and LP gas pumps. But in some rural areas of the town you may find yourself low on LP gas. Nevertheless every LPG converted engine can always switch to petrol so you wouldn’t have to worry much about this.