Greensboro, NC -- Looking for the best price at the pump is one way to save you money but one option that's a little cheaper could be bad news for some vehicles. We're talking about ethanol-blend gas.
Have you seen the sticker yet above the gas grade label at the pump? You might on your summer road trip. It shows that it's E15. Which means there is up to 15 percent ethanol in the fuel.
And while ethanol is a corn by-product and thought to be cheaper and cleaner, not all cars can handle it. E15 is not approved for vehicles before the 2001 model year. Opponents say the ethanol mix can damage mechanical parts by causing corrosion and attracting moisture. Ethanol industry experts say there's no evidence of any damage.
Still, BMW, Chrysler, Nissan,Toyota and VW have said their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by E15. And Ford, Honda, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have said E15 use will void warranties.
Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's chief lobbying group, has asked the Supreme Court to block sales of E15. The court hasn't yet decided whether to hear the case.
At least 30 gas stations in our state offer ethanol blend gas. One in the Triad does. It's in Lexington on Regents Center Court.