Is It Worth It
Okay, okay, it’s a pain to fuel CNG vehicles, but it is worth it. Nationwide, natural gas ranges from 79 cents to $1.50 for a gasoline gallon equivalent of fuel. That’s considerable savings over petroleum-based products, especially considering that CNG vehicles get the same or better relative fuel economy per Btu because of the higher octane rating of natural gas. In an article written in Popular Mechanics showed test drives indicated no hit to performance, and a perfectly acceptable range of about 250 miles. For now, CNG has a high price of entry that makes it viable only for taxi services and other fleet operators, but over time, economies of scale may bring down the costs for the ordinary car buyer. And if gasoline stays above $3 a gallon, that change may come sooner rather than later.Here at Kelly Auto Electric we are working hard to make the transition to a CNG kit easy and affordable. A basic kit will run between $7,000 to $10,000, so as you can see with natural gas prices the way they are and no change in site the kit will pay for its self in no time.
Automotive service and repair has changed dramatically over the last generation, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), an independent group that tests and certifies the competence of auto technicians nationwide.
Today, high-tech systems that were unheard of 30 years ago – anti-lock brakes, electronic engine controls and computerized diagnostics – are commonplace. It doesn’t appear that the swift pace of technological advancement will slow any time soon, either, with the advent of hybrid vehicles and such features on the horizon as interactive suspensions, constantly variable-speed transmissions and 42-volt batteries.
For automotive service professionals in Muskegon, this means continual training and coursework to keep up with the many changes. Disparaged years ago as “grease monkeys,” mechanics today have become automotive technicians, every bit as comfortable behind a computer screen and keyboard as under the hood with a wrench.
Kelly Auto Electric is reminding motorists to follow the service schedules listed in their owners’ manuals before making a long-distance drive. While few people would ignore an ominous service engine light, many do skip oil changes. Yet in survey after survey, ASE-certified master auto technicians say that the old-fashioned oil change is one of the most vital services for getting the most from your automotive investment.
Kelly Auto Electric was founded in 1981 as an organization dedicated to assisting the driver maintain a safe and friendly vehicle, and to have a place to have their vehicle repaired in Muskegon, Michigan where they can rely on and trust their local mechanic.
Call us today for your engine repair and other vehicle repair needs.