Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions. They cover a variety of topics from cost to safety, but if you can't find an answer to your questions below, please feel free to get in touch.
How safe is LPG, what happens in an accident?
The safety record of autogas use in practice is at least as good if not better than petrol or diesel. A conventional petrol systems are far more prone to leaks. LPG is fully contained under pressure in solid tanks in a sealed system. In a long term study by TNO, a Dutch research institute, in 1998 concluded that the safety of modern LPG vehicles was marginally better than for gasoline vehicles. Other recent studies by the Belgian research organisation DNV, have demonstrated that the risk of tank rupture is greater for petrol than for LPG. Many years of operation worldwide have demonstrated the integrity and safety of LPG vehicle tanks.
What happens if I get a puncture?
Most factory fitted LPG vehicles put the LPG tank in the spare wheel well of the car, so as not to reduce boot space (although Vauxhall still give you a spare wheel which tends to fill the boot storage space). If you get a puncture then most carry tyre foam. This reflates the tyre and seals the puncture until you can get it properly repaired.
What happens if I run out of LPG?
You still have a normal petrol tank. All Factory fitted LPG cars are dual fuel so when the car runs out of LPG you can switch to petrol and causes no damage to your engine. The car will normally cold start on petrol and then quickly switch over when the engine is warm. It is therefore important to have a reserve of petrol.
Are gas stations hard to find ?
No! Use the link to the website below to find your nearest station using your postcode. www.greenfuel.org.uk
What is going to happen to LPG prices?
01/09/09 Beat the fuel duty and vat rises for the next five years with LPG. With the 1st September fuel duty changes nearly upon us, and following renewed commitment for LPG autogas in the last budget, LPG autogas is increasingly becoming not just an environmentally beneficial alternative but the choice for cost effective motoring. Based on the latest prices LPG autogas will save you 50 pence per litre at the pump, this is good news for the consumer as petrol prices are set to rise again according to the AA. Following an increase of 1.5p in the last month, AA Public Affaires head Paul Watters recently said: “At the start of next month, a new fuel duty increase will add another £1 to the cost of filling a typical petrol or diesel tank.”
Based on the latest prices the cost of filling up an average tank (55 litres) today* is only £21.20 in comparison to its petrol equivalent at £41.60. With the budget commitment for LPG already set for the next 5 years you can continue to enjoy 50 pence per litre saving following September 1st and for the foreseeable future.
“The budget commitment provides a great financial motivation for people to convert to LPG, and in an uncertain climate knowing that you can continue to save money on your fuel bills is very important, especially knowing that you are also doing your bit to help the environment,”
- Mike Chapman, Autogas Manager of UKLPG.
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02/05/13 "Jonathan provided an excellent service, quickly locating a hybrid car matching the specification and budget assigned in Oct 2011. All communications, search management and sales process was conducted smoothly and professionally. My questions were answered in a friendly and efficient manner. It was a pleasure to do business with Jonathan, and I would recommend him to any company or individual looking for service or advice in the fast growing area of green and sustainable fleet."
05/02/13 Hi Jonathan ..The Astra keeps on going faithfully, even through the recent snow. I am just passed 196k miles now, and since my last update I have had to replace.......nothing. Still completely reliable even at a temperature of -12C last week. OK the LPG took a while to kick in, but that was to be expected. As you will see from the spreadsheet, the car has now saved me over £8,300 over using petrol, and the figure for the equivalent petrol usage since owning the Astra is truly frightening at £26,680.75 .
-Chris Maloney lpg Astra
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