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How To Calculate Your Car’s Mileage Correctly

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Car mileage still plays an important role in the decision of purchasing a new car in India. It is by far the most crucial factor when it comes to smaller hatchbacks and entry level sedans. Manufacturers understand this and modern day cars now deliver higher fuel economy figures and come attached with a certified number by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). Modern cars also come with real-time mileage indicators in their multi-functional display. But if you own an old car without any such instrumentation, how would you determine the real-time car mileage?

Car mileage can be calculated by dividing the number of kms by total fuel amount

The best way to calculate car mileage is to do so via the tankful to tankful’ method. It takes a while but reduces the error part by a huge margin. It’s simple and here’s how to go about it:

1. Top-Up Your Tank

Fill your car’s fuel tank to the brim from a pre-decided fuel pump and a particular dispenser. Most dispenser nozzles come with auto cut-off function once the fuel level reaches the upper part of the tank. Stop here and do not fill more.

2. Reset The Meter

Reset the trip meter of the car to zero.

3. Follow The Speed Limit

We know all of us like to drive fast sometimes but the faster the car goes, the more fuel it uses. Thus, don’t over-revv and drive around the speed limit.

4. Drive Around

We recommend driving for a minimum of 250-300km before a fill-up again. This may take days but the more fuel you burn, the higher you will fill in again, which will give you a leveled estimate.

5. Fill Up Again

Visit the same fuel pump and fill up the car fuel tank. Again, once the dispenser hits the auto cut-off and stops, do not fill more. Note the amount of fuel that went in.

6. Calculate the Car mileage

Calculate your car mileage by dividing the number of kilometers you drove as per the trip meter by the quantity of fuel used. No rocket science just simple numeracy!

Car mileage = No. of Kms/ Quantity Of Fuel Used

Do this a couple of times to get a better idea about it. This can be more fun on long drives on open roads when the figure goes up substantially. Try this out and let us know your feedback as well as the actual car mileage that you are getting. To keep an eye on how your car is faring in the long run in terms of fuel economy, you can download simple Apps like “Fuelio” – these are easy to use and will show you graphs based on fuel economy, running cost, fuel costs etc.

If you feel that your car mileage has dropped by a margin then it might be a good time to sell it off. Mileage related problems can affect the resale value of your car and its repairs will set you back by thousands of bucks.  We at CARS24 can help you sell your old car. So waste no more time, call on 1800 11 2233 to book an appointment and sell your old car to us!

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