Questions about LPG Car Conversion?
1. What type of gas system do I need and how much will it cost?
At LPG Auto Network, we have a large range of kit and tank types to suit most makes & models of vehicles.
To get the best system to suit your individual vehicle and needs, you need to speak to our highly qualified sales representatives at LPG Auto Network stores. Not all systems suit all types of vehicles, so we need to talk to you to select the right option for you. The costs of the different gas systems vary, so it is important that you ring for more information.
2. How long does it take for the conversion to be completed?
We like to allow 2 days for most conversions. At LPG Auto Network, we don’t want to rush our gas conversion jobs and we make sure that everything is very neat under the bonnet. We also do very thorough checks on the fitment and operation of your gas system at the end of the job.
3. How safe are LPG vehicles?
At LPG Auto Network, we do thorough safety checks as a part of our installation process and our gas service process.
Also, the systems that we fit all have safety features built in. For instance, the Injected systems will shut down and switch over to petrol when there is a problem detected with the gas system, such as a small leak.
LPG has been used widely in Australia and overseas for many decades and technology has made its use, storage & handling incredibly safe. In Australia, the LPG Autogas industry is controlled by rigorous national standards and additional state regulations.
4. Can I put my car onto straight gas?
While this is possible, it is not recommended. If you have a problem with the gas, then you won’t have petrol as an option.
5. How much will I save in fuel costs if I convert my car to LPG?
This depends on your car, how many kilometres you drive per week and how you drive your car. But the average driver will save around $2000 per year (based on 1 tank of fuel per week).
6. Is LPG better than other fuels for the environment?
LPG (or Autogas) is a clean, green alternative to fuel your vehicle.
It produces among the lowest of life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of all commercially available alternative fuels for your vehicle.
Approximate comparison of LPG to petrol
– 10-15% lower Greenhose gas emissions (CO2) for LPG
– 20% less ground level ozone for LPG (this produces smog and leads to greenhouse gas emissions)
– LPG has 1/5 of the Air Toxics emissions of petrol
See our Section on LPG & the Environment.
7. Can I still get the Government Rebate?
If you convert your existing vehicle to LPG, you can currently claim $1000 back from the government if you are eligible. We help you through the claim process and it usually takes 3 to 10 working days from the time you submit the claim to payment into your bank account.
See our section on Government Rebate.
8. Will LPG affect my Fuel consumption and vehicle’s performance?
This depends on what type of system you install in your vehicle.
For Air Valve systems, you may lose some economy, but your vehicle will not experience any significant loss of power. Keep in mind, that this slight increase in fuel consumption will be easily offset by the cheaper price of LPG to petrol.
With a Vapour Injection system, there will be no difference in power or performance.
With a Liquid Injection system, you will actually gain significant power from your vehicle as compared with petrol.
9. How often do I need gas services done after my car has been converted?
The 1st gas service is done at 1500 kms and after that we recommend that they are done every 20,000 kms or at 12 months.
10. Is LPG harmful to my engine?
No, LPG is a cleaner burning fuel than petrol and doesn’t leave any carbon deposits behind. This is better for your car’s engine. We recommend that you start your vehicle on petrol in the morning to maintain lubrication in the engine. The injection systems do this automatically.
Just like petrol or diesel engines, care has to be taken with your cooling system and engine components to ensure the best performance and life for your engine. We recommend that car services be maintained every 10,000 kms to make sure of this. At LPG Auto Network, we can do your car service as well as your gas service.
With the gas tank in the boot, will I lose a lot of boot space?
If you don’t want to lose any boot space, a donut style tank can be fitted in the spare wheel well without loss of valuable space.
12. Is LPG available in country areas?
LPG Autogas is available right throughout Australia with more than 3,200 outlets.
13. How is LPG Autogas different to my BBQ gas?
LPG for vehicles is called autogas and is a different grade & blend of LPG which cannot be swapped or mixed with LPG commonly used for BBQs etc. Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane. BBQ gas is propane only.