Rising petrol prices might worry you about your fuel expenses. If you have a petrol vehicle, the obvious choice is to get an aftermarket CNG kit installed in your car. But did you know there are many disadvantages that come along with CNG installation? In today’s feature, we are going to discuss the major disadvantages of having CNG in your car.
Decreased Boot Space
The first and the foremost disadvantage that CNG car owners face is the boot space. There are times where you are left with almost no boot space especially in the case of hatchbacks and sub-4-metre sedans. If you are planning to get CNG installed, we would recommend buying a sedan if you go on long trips often. This is one of the major disadvantages of getting CNG installed in your car.
Decreased Power Output
Another major one among disadvantages of CNG is decreased power output. You will feel a significant change in the power output if you have been a regular petrol car user. The day you switch to CNG, you will feel a significant power drop especially in the summer drives where you need the air conditioning at its max.
Frequent Service Intervals
You need to be more careful about your car’s service schedule if you are switching to CNG. The reason is quite basic. Your engine runs dry when it is on CNG so the spark plugs and the engine oil wear more than they should. You will have to visit the service centre more frequently if your car is on CNG and will have to keep a check on how your car’s engine is running. You will have to pay more attention to your car if you are on CNG.
Decreased Resale Value
If you find a good buyer, you can save yourself from this situation. In case you have an aftermarket CNG installed in your car and are planning to sell your car off to a dealer, be ready to experience a price drop. This can be an advantage too. If you are looking to buy a used car, you can get a CNG car cheaper than a petrol one!
Long Wait For Refuelling
Another one among disadvantages of CNG in your car is that you will have to wait longer than you will have to do for getting petrol in your car. Well, considering its 2021, many new CNG pumps have opened up but simultaneously, the number of CNG cars have also grown. All-in-all, you have to wait longer than on a petrol pump for sure. Is the saved fuel expense worth the wait? You decide.
Another major disadvantage of CNG is that you have to get your cylinder hydro tested every 3 years. This is a compulsory test that you have to go through in order to ensure that your CNG cylinder is fit enough to be used In today’s fast-paced life, do you have a day off just for this test? You decide!
Lack of Knowledge
Company fitted CNG is a thing where the brand already does everything for you. If you are going for a retro-fitted CNG kit, you need to be sure that the fitment is done well, you need to be sure about the engine oil you use, the HP and LP filters and so on. Not every dealer or service person will do the knowledge transfer. Be careful with whom you trust when it comes to your car.
Last but not least, just to let you know, retro-fitted CNG cannot be registered on your car’s RC as of now if your car is BS6 compliant. You either have to buy a factory-fitted CNG car or have to continue running it on petrol.