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Gas Saving Vehicle Computer Chips

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - In a gas price alert, car performance chips are made to give your car more horsepower and better gas mileage but do they save you money as far as fuel is concerned?

Vehicle performance chips are designed to help trucks go faster and pull more weight depending on what the driver wants.  The chip is hooked up to your cars computer, and in simple terms, you can tell the car how much fuel you want going through the engine.
In recent years along with rising gas prices, more and more people are buying them to get more mileage for the gallon.  Chris Ellis of Kennewick is one of them.  He's had his vehicle performance chip for about a year and will testify its saving him money.  "It has actually helped me gain about 3 to 4 miles on the freeway, and every penny works for you.  It saves on a truck like this where you fill up for $130.00 dollars at a time."

The performance chips don't come cheap.  The price range is between $300.00 to $800.00 dollars.    

Ellis tells us he's done the math and his $800.00 dollar chip was paid for after about 8 months of driving.