In this article we will take you through our courtesy car policy as it relates to fuel. However, before we delve into that, we thought we would explore the different petrol grades that are currently available on the market and explain why you might use one grade over another.
We’ve all rolled up to the service station petrol pump and been bamboozled by the three grades of petrol on offer, each with a different price tag. So what do the different grades of petrol do for your vehicle?
The main difference between the petrol grades is their octane rating.
To put it simply, the higher the octane rating (“Research Octane Number” or “RON”) the less chance there is for your fuel to uncontrollably explode in the cylinder of your vehicle. These uncontrollable explosions of fuel are not uncommon, but they result in an inefficient use of the fuel source. Ideally, the mechanisms in your vehicle should control the burn of its fuel, thereby resulting in a more efficient use of that fuel source.
So, there are three basic grades of fuel on offer at the petrol pump: regular unleaded, which has an octane rating of 91RON; premium unleaded, which has an octane rating of 95RON; and, higher grade premium unleaded, which has an octane rating of 98RON.
The higher the RON, the higher the price tag.
What about E10 and E85 petrol blends?
The E10 and E85 labels refer to ethanol blended petrol. Essentially, ethanol is a gasoline additive made from agricultural crops. While ethanol blended petrol isn’t damaging to all vehicles, there are some that it is not compatible with and using it will cause damage to your engine. Acorn courtesy vehicles are compatible with E10 blended petrol, but not E85.
When it comes to hiring a car from Acorn, we only have one requirement when it comes to fuel. We require you to return a courtesy car you borrow from us with a full tank of fuel, and a failure to return a vehicle with a full tank will result in a re-fuelling fee. Because we have that requirement of you, we undertake to provide the courtesy car to you with a full tank as well. It’s as simple as that.
So if you need to hire a courtesy car for whatever reason, then give our friendly customer service team on 1300 22 67 67 and get moving with Acorn.