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Tiddington Garage
Oxford Rd,Tiddington
Oxon. OX9 2LH
Tel: 01844 339210

What is LPG?
Is it safe?
Can my car be converted?
Will my car still be able to run on petrol?
What if I run out of gas?
Can I choose to run on petrol?
Where can I fill up?
Where does the gas tank go?
What happens to my spare wheel?
How much will I save?
Will the government put the price up as soon as more people start using it?

How much better for the enviroment is LPG?
Where do I buy LPG/Autogas?
Will the conversion improve the resale of my car?
Will my insurance be affected?
Does the conversion come with a warranty?
Can it damage my engine?
I've heard some bad stories about LPG conversions!!
What additional servicing is required?
Who uses LPG/Autogas?
How much does it cost for a conversion?
Why wouldn't I convert?



Q. What is LPG?

A. Lpg, or Autogas as it is often called, stands for Liquified Petroleum Gas. It is mainly a by-product of oil production and is a mixture of propane and butane. You'll be familiar with LPG in canisters such as the type used for caravans, patio heaters, bbq's etc. It is not the same as natural gas we import via pipelines which is increasing in price a lot of late. We make our own LPG, much of which we export.

Q. Is it safe?

A. A well fitted Autogas system is safer than a petrol system. This is due to the strength of the tanks and the numerous safety solenoids and pressure valves. Recent studies have demonstrated that the risk of tank rupture is far greater for petrol than for Autogas. However, it is vitally important that any conversion is carried out to COP 11 which is the code of practice brought in by the LPG Association.

Q. Can my car be converted?

A. Most petrol cars can be converted.

Q. Will my car still be able to run on petrol?

A. Yes. The Autogas conversion adds a secondary fuel system. The original fuel system is left in place. The car will start up on petrol and switch over to gas automatically as soon as the engine warms up.

Q. What if I run out of gas?

A. If you run out of gas then the car will automatically switch back to petrol.

Q. Can I choose to run on petrol?

A. Yes. We mount a switch and gauge in or around the dashboard, which gives you full control of the system and tells you how much gas you have in the tank. However, most people just leave the switch in the gas position!

Q. Where can I fill up?

Currently there are more than 1,400 LPG refuelling stations in the UK, and this number is constantly increasing.

Q. Where does the gas tank go?

A. It depends on the vehicle. The most popular tanks will fit in space taken up by the spare wheel.

Q. What happens to my spare wheel?

A. Most people choose not to carry a spare wheel. We supply an emergency tyre inflator with all our conversions. There are manufactures, who are now building cars without spare wheels to save on space and weight so it's unlikely it will be a problem. You could however carry the spare wheel loose in the boot.

Q. How much will I save?

A. Lpg has historically been just under half the price of petrol. Use the savings calculator HERE

Q. Will the government put the price up as soon as more people start using it?

A. No. The fuel duty is fixed on a rolling three year scheme. This means that there can be no increases for the next three years as of the last budget. The EU wants all member states to have at least 5% of vehicles running on LPG. In the UK that would mean 1.4 million and at present there are only 125,000 which means we have a long way to go to catch up with other EU countrys.

Q. How much better for the enviroment is LPG?

A. Hugely. It offers up to 20% less co2 than petrol, 120 times less harmful particulates than diesel. It is cleaner in every way.

Q. Where do I buy LPG/Autogas?

A. There are over 1300 refuelling pumps installed in petrol stations throughout the country. Contact us to find your local one or vistit the drive lpg website at www.drivelpg.co.uk

Q. Will the conversion improve the resale of my car?

A. Yes. A good quality, well fitted reliable system, with certification will be an excellent selling point when you finally sell your car. Your selling a car with a ‚"Half Price Fuel" button on the dashboard!

Q. Will my insurance be affected?

A. You will have to inform your insurance and send them a copy of your installation certificate showing that the system has been installed to COP 11 standards. Most insurance companies offer a discount for converted cars.

Q. Does the conversion come with a warranty?

A. Yes. We offer a 2 years parts and labour warranty.

Q. Can it damage my engine?

A. Some poorly fitted systems have been known to damage engines, this is another reason for having the job done properly and to COP 11 standards. Some engines require additional modifications which we will discuss with you should yours need it.

Q. I've heard some bad stories about LPG conversions!!

A. Early systems which were fitted in the early nineties and were single point or semi sequential systems did give problems. The latest fully sequential injection systems are extremely reliable and quite often, once fitted properly, are not touched again except for routine servicing.

Q. What additional servicing is required?

A. Just a filter change around 15,000 miles and a routine check.

Q. Who uses LPG/Autogas?

A. The Queen has at least two cars converted, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, the Duke of Edinburgh and most councils are among the high profile users!

Q. How much does it cost for a conversion?

A. This varies according to how big your vehicles engine is and the size of the tank you have. Conversions start at £800

Q. Why wouldn't I convert?

A. You tell me