New Survey Of Mechanics Reveals Best Methods To Keep Cars Running Longer


May 24, 2012, 00:01 ET from Shell Oil Company

HOUSTON, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the average age of vehicles on the road at nearly 11 years old[1], consumers are looking for ways to keep their cars running longer.  To help, Shell, the no. 1 selling brand of gasoline in the U.S., sponsored a national survey of auto mechanics to gather straight-forward, practical advice on how consumers can best care for their vehicles.


According to the national survey of 450 auto mechanics, the following are some of the great tips that mechanics agree will help keep your vehicle healthy and on the road longer:

  • Change oil at manufacturer suggested intervals
  • Replace fluids regularly
  • Fill up with high quality gasoline
  • Rotate/align tires regularly

While many vehicle owners are aware of the importance of oil changes and tire rotation, many may be surprised to learn the importance of using high quality gasoline. In fact:

  • More than half the mechanics surveyed agree that most fuel system repairs can be prevented by using high quality gasolines;
  • Two-thirds of mechanics report using high quality gasoline in their personal vehicle all or some of the time;
  • 7 out of 10 mechanics agree that individuals who keep their cars longer can benefit from using a high quality gasoline; and
  • Shell is the most recommended brand of gasoline among mechanics.

Furthermore, 97% of mechanics agree that clean fuel injectors and intake valves are important to an engine's optimal performance.  That's why Shell developed the New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. The new formulation delivers 20 % more active cleaning agents than before, designed to protect the engine's intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk. So no matter what you drive, no other gasoline protects your engine better. 

Regular maintenance and the use of high quality gasoline can also help improve fuel efficiency.  Knowing this, Shell developed a Smarter Driving Program that shows consumers how they can go farther on less fuel by combining smarter maintenance, actions, and products.

For more information on the benefits of NEW Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, visit or find us on Facebook at Or, for more information on the Shell Smarter Driving Program, go to

Shell Mechanics Survey Methodology

The Shell Mechanics Survey was a 7-minute online survey conducted by StrategyOne.  The survey fielded from March 30April 2, 2012 and sampled 450 automotive technicians across the United States. The margin of error is +/- 4.62% at 95% confidence.

Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, with a network of approximately 6,000 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the western United States. Another 8,300 Shell-branded stations in the eastern and southern are managed by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, Inc.

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[1] Data from Polk's analysis of the national vehicle registration database (January 17, 2012)


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