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Liquefied petroleum gas is usually referred to as LPG. When you’re next passing a fuel station you will notice the price for LPG will certainly stand out. The current average fuel prices for petrol stands at 134.7p, diesel at 139.3p and LPG at just 71.4p.

So, in view of the fact that LPG appears much lower in price than the more popular fuels, why aren't more people therefore opting for LPG?

LPG facts and disclosures

We all know to convert your car to LPG there is a cost attached so, is it really more economical to convert your car to an LPG? The truth is, when looking to buy another car most people are now hunting for a vehicle that has already been installed even though the price to convert a car has decreased considerably since their first rise to fame.

Prices may vary depending upon how many cylinders your car has inside the engine.

Today, prices can start as low £1000 compared to £2000 just a few years ago.

Beware and stay clear of cheap installers; and those fitters who convert LPG in a day. Usually, conversions take approximately four days to do properly.

LPG vehicle owners will often sing its praises; they believe they are saving fuel and claim their car runs faultlessly. Trouble-free driving and fewer wear on the cars components could be due to the fact that LPG is a cleaner-burning fuel. However, it does burn fuel at a much higher temperature compared to other fuels. You will need to make sure your cars engine components (such as the engine valves) will need to be able to withstand the extra heat that LPG generates to run. The temperatures will get very high!

With regards to the conversion costs there are many calculators on the internet to search specific conversion rates for your vehicle, most are very good. On average, calculations suggest that savings can be as much as 50%. Payback period in fuel costs after paying out for the LPG conversion can even be as quick as a year. Payback time will depend upon your car and your annual mileage.

LPG fuel stations are not as popular as diesel and petrol, but they can be found at FILLLPG. Gone are the annoying days of hunting for the best deals, this website will help provide you with the cheapest locations.

Frequent queries on LPG

Most cars can be converted to LPG. There are two types of systems; these are single point gas injection and multipoint sequential injection. It is paramount to have the correct system fitted, which one you have fitted depends upon the car's age and vehicle type.

A tank will need to be fitted; this is usually situated in the boot or underneath the car.

There are different size tanks, most people opt for the doughnut shape. This size tank fits where the spare wheel would usually be; this way, there is no loss of space. To compensate for the loss of a tyre you should buy a tyre repair gas canister.

When you’re actually driving a car that is fitted with LPG, you may not notice much difference. If anything diesel cars could appear smoother running. LPG cars always start on standard fuel then quietly switch over to LPG once the journey begins.

Nobody will ever know when the switchover takes place however; a small fuel indicator will sit on the dashboard to notify the driver that the vehicle is now running on LPG.

The LPG fuel indicator on the dashboard will additionally tell you how much fuel is left in the tank. Should drivers run out of LPG when driving long distances, the car will automatically switch back to petrol. Older cars with the older LPG system may have a manual button.

Drivers will never have to worry if they have filled the LPG tank with the wrong fuel as the nozzle; hose and fitting are very different to petrol and diesel.

LPG fuel is also safer than petrol. LPG can survive a greater impact than standard fuel, and it has numerous safety devices included.

Reselling your car should be trouble free as many people are craving savings in this current economic climate. The value of an LPG converted car should not decrease a car's value. If anything there’s always a strong possibility that it could increase the sale value and provide a quicker sale.

Always advise your insurer and the DVLA of any changes to you make to your car.

Check these links out for more helpful information on LPG vehicles:

LPG FAQ’s
What happened to LPG?
LPG Facts