Who can do a Gas Conversion in Melbourne? We Can!

Lots of folks have gotten a gas conversion in Melbourne for their cars, but many are still wondering what the conversion is. They have heard about it in the media, from their neighbors and understand that the government gives a refund, but don’t quite understand it.

Let’s take a look at the following factors to see if a conversion is an attractive option for your vehicle.

What Is A Gas Conversion?

A LPG conversion on a vehicle adds a tank to the boot of your car and gas lines to the engine that allow the driver to switch between petrol and propane gas. This gives a the driver a lower cost in fuel expense and in certain cases, a boost in engine performance.

While it is possible to put your car onto straight LPG gas, it is not recommended. If you have a problem with the gas or not close enough to a LPG station you won’t have the petrol as a backup option.

LPG for vehicles is called Autogas, which is a purer grade and blend of gases than the propane you would be used to for your BBQ. Since Autogas is a blend of propane and butane, your vehicle will not run off of a cylinder off BBQ gas, which is propane only.

When your vehicle undergoes a LPG conversion, it will begin to save you money from the first day since LPG is typically at least fifty percent cheaper than other fuels. This means you can recover the cost of the conversion in a relatively short time.

The Government Rebate

Know as the LPG Vehicle Scheme, the Government provides a grant to buy a new private-use vehicle that has been fitted with a LPG system before it is first registered or for a LPG fuel conversion of a private-use vehicle that has already been registered.
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/lpg-vehicle-scheme

If the brand new car you buy already has a LPG system installed, you can claim a $2000 refund. This includes vehicles fitted with LPG at the time of manufacture and vehicles fitted with LPG after manufacture, but before first registration.

If you convert your existing vehicle to LPG, you can currently claim $1000 back from the government if completed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014.

This information can be found here: http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/programs/energy-fuels/lpgvs/Pages/default.aspx

With these benefits provided by the Government and the inherent cost savings of the conversion, it is easy to understand why so many people are rushing to get a gas conversion in Melbourne these days.

Want more information?

Autogas – also called Auto Gas – all the info you need to know.

The merits of converting a vehicle to operate on LPG – also called Autogas or Auto Gas – are affected by many variables, including the needs of the vehicle owner. The following provides auto gas info for some of the common questions that may assist you with your decision.

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lpgautpower.com.au – find all your auto gas info here.

LPG Vehicle Scheme (Government Rebate)

The AusIndustry website has comprehensive information regarding the Government rebate scheme.

What are the advantages?

  • The average yearly price of Autogas per litre is generally half.
  • On most dual fuel conversions, the fuel range of the vehicle is increased, provided petrol and gas tanks are full.
  • Gas burns cleaner than petrol, which in turn keeps the spark plugs and combustion chambers relatively free of carbon deposits.
  • A reduction in engine wear in some areas is normally expected, particularly during cold starting because Autogas does not wash lubricating oil from the cylinder wall. However there can be accelerated wear in the valve seat area in some engines. Oil looks clean longer but don’t be misled by its condition – continue to change your oil at normal service schedule intervals.
  • Fuel theft is reduced because Autogas is much more difficult to remove from the cylinder than it is to siphon petrol from a tank.

What are the disadvantages?

  • The cost of installation has to be recovered before savings are made.
  • On small cars and certain station wagons, the loss of luggage space due to cylinder size can be quite substantial, with the cylinder encroaching well into the luggage area.
  • Other vehicles sometimes require relocation of the spare wheel due to the cylinder being fitted in the spare wheel carrier area underneath.
  • Potential valve seat recession problems when used in some engines.
  • Most engines suffer a slight loss of performance when converted to Autogas. This is mainly due to the compromises needed to use gas in an engine originally designed for petrol.
  • Autogas conversions can use up to 30% more fuel, litre for litre, compared to petrol. Incorrect tuning can drastically increase consumption.
  • Specialised technicians are recommended to carry out maintenance on Autogas installations, which may increase servicing costs of the Autogas system.
  • When running problems become evident in the engine, the vehicle may need attention by a normal service centre and also by an Autogas technician.
  • Cylinder inspection and testing is required after ten years. The expiry date is stamped onto the cylinder. This service averages around $250 to $550, which does not include the labour associated with the removal and replacement of the tank. These tests will determine the remaining life expectancy of the cylinder and related pressure control valves.
  • Recent testing indicates Autogas fuelled vehicles have no cleaner exhaust emissions than late model petrol fuelled vehicles.

What will it cost me?

Installation costs are averaging around $2,500 to $4,500, depending on which style of system is fitted i.e. basic vapour mixer or sequential injection, respectively. Petrol on average is double the price of Autogas, however you generally use more litres of Autogas against litres of petrol. Car maintenance costs may be higher because a licensed installer or repairer must carry out servicing of the Autogas equipment.

Melbourne’s Auto gas experts

LPG Auto Power are Melbourne’s Auto Gas experts and are dedicated to providing an LP Gas Solution for you. Established in 1995, LPG Auto Power have been growing as a business ever since. Our team is made up of fully qualified technicians, no apprentices. This helps ensure that you receive the best in workmanship every time. We have proudly been named AAFRB’s single largest workshop in Victoria 2010.

Save money today!

By making the switch to LP Gas today, you are going to save thousands of dollars in the long term. When you choose LPG Auto Power to make your conversion, you will notice our prices are very reasonable and will be re-couped in savings within a short period of time. With LPG prices around half the price of petrol, now is the time to make the switch. Call on the LP Gas experts today.

Autogas – Fuel of the Future

If you spend a good deal of time driving and fill up your car with petrol once or twice a week,
you should consider switching from petrol to LPG (Autogas). There are around half a million Australian cars running on LPG with 44,000new and converted cars coming on the roadin the past two years. Holden sells an LPG Autogas Commodore and Ford has a Falcon EcoLPi.

What is the main attraction of LPG (Autogas)
It is hard to go past the price. “Typically LPG Autogas is around half the cost of unleaded petrol at over 3700 service stations across Australia,” says Michael Carmody, CEO of Gas Energy Australia. “It was the lowest-priced fuel throughout 2012 and is still the most affordable at the pump.”

The catch is you need a special LPG tank. You can have one fitted to your existing car or buy a new car already with LPG. The cost of converting your car is typically $3000, says Carmody. Almost all unleaded petrol-fuelled vehicles can be converted to LPG. Accord ing to AusIndustry, LPG systems typically
range in price from about $2500 to $4500 installed, depending on the sort of vehicle, type of system and operation.

The good news is that, until June 30, 2014, there are incentives for choosing LPG AutoGas. There
is a $1000 government grant towards converting an existing registered car and, if you buy a new car from Ford or Holden already fitted with LPG, you can receive $2000.

The grants are administered by AusIndustry under the Department of Industry,Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The applications are processed by the Department of Human Services. See
www.ausindustry.gov.au for the customer guidelines.

There are other reasons for converting to LPG. It wasn’t so long ago that drivers couldn’t go for extensive drives on a single tank of LPG but that has changed. Car manufacturers such as Holden have developed a distance range similar to petrol-fuelled cars.

Holden’s Omega LPG sedan can travel up to 710 kilometres on a single tank.

LPG tanks used to take up most of the boot – remember the boot of taxis? But new LPG cars are setting the tanks underneath the floor of the boot so you have plenty of storage. However the spare tyre is displaced.

“Modern LPG Autogas tanks are very small and leave you plenty of boot space for prams, shopping and pretty much anything else you can think of,” says Carmody. “And if you don’t want to lose any boot space at all, a donut-style tank may be able to be fitted in your spare wheel well.”
It is hard to go past the environmental benefits of driving with LPG. Carbon emissions are about 15% lower with LPG than for petrol. LPG fuel doesn’t contain acids, or leave
carbon deposits behind in your engine like petrol does and it can actually increase the life of the engine, says Carmody.

Just how much will you save with LPG?
This depends on installation costs and how far you drive each week. Autogas says a family driving a new Ford Territory 400 kilometres each week would cut their fuel bill by around $1200 a year. They could recoup the conversion cost in a year and a half. If you drive 1000 kilometres each week, you could be paying $70 for LPG, much less than the $113 for unleaded fuel. Over the year you could save $2205.

There will be slight increases in the price of LPG to bring it in line with the fuel excise. From July 1 this year the fuel excise will be 7.5¢ a litre, rising to the full rate of 12.5¢ a litre from July 1, 2015

To book your car in for an AutoGas conversion – click here

LPG Auto gas is the safe, inexpensive way to run your car

LPG Auto gas is the safe, inexpensive way to run your car. Especially as the family budget seems to get more and more stretched! And because Auto Gas burns cleaner than other fuels, it significantly reduces greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions. Autogas also reduces engine wear and carbon build-up on internal engine parts. No wonder it’s one of the most popular alternative fuels in Europe, and over half a million Australian cars now run on Autogas. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new LPG Autogas car, or to convert your current car LPG Autogas is the smarter choice. There are even Government grants available to help. Want more information – contact us