110 Tips Gas Stations Don't Want You to Know
Gaspump MSN Money compiled a list of 10 things that could potentially save
you money next time you go to the gas station. It turns out that gas
stations, oil companies, credit card companies and a host of others may not
have your best interest in mind. Consider these the nuggets of consumer
information those companies don’t want you to know. Some are obvious, but
others not so much.
1) Shop for the best deal: Most gas stations buy from their proprietary
company, so they don’t have the luxury of shopping around. Luckily, you do.
The cheapest gas in your area may not always be at the same station, so it
’s to your advantage to search out the best deal.
2) Gas stations take the hit when prices rise, and that’s when they
especially hate the credit card fee, because they’re turning over a large
percentage of their cut to card companies. That’s why prices can rise
quickly but tend to fall more slowly as station owners attempt to make up
lost revenue. Some stations offer better deals to consumers who pay cash.
3) There’s no such thing as “better gas.” Companies like Chevron try
to tell you their gas is superior because it has Techron in it. However, all
gas has detergents that prevent clogging in the fuel injector, and no brand
of gas is better than any other. Don’t buy more expensive fuel just to get
a brand name.
4) Don’t use a debit card. When you pay with a debit card, the bank sets
aside a certain amount of your funds to cover the transaction. You could
pay $15 for gas but have $50 held by the bank before the transaction goes
through. This could potentially lead to a bounced check.
5) Gas cards are probably a bad idea. Most gas cards have high annual
percentage rates and lack certain fraud protections, and having one may
discourage you from shopping around for a better deal. Check CardRatings.com
, but in general these cards end up costing more than they save.
6) Use the internet. Sites like GasBuddy.com can help find the cheapest
gas in your area. GasPriceWatch.com and Gaswatch.com could also help you
find cheap fuel in your area, but with 174 local sites, as well as maps and
message boards, GasBuddy remains the most extensive.
7) Make sure a gallon is a gallon. States check the accuracy of gas pumps
, but some don’t do it very frequently. Arizona, for example, has only 18
workers to check 2,300 stations. For starters, keep your eyes on the numbers
and make sure they don’t start moving before gas is flowing. Old equipment
especially can come up with inaccurate results.
8) Buy coffee, not soda. Trying to make up more revenue from the
convenience store, gas stations often charge more for soda, candy and other
food products. Coffee, cigarettes and beer, on the other hand, remain cheap
because they’re high-volume.
9) Don’t count on a service station. The divorce between car repair and
fueling up has become almost complete. Gas stations are no longer in the
10) Search out E85. If you own a flex-fuel car, E85 is typically less
expensive (though it also cranks out fewer miles to the gallon, so do the
math to make sure it works out in your favor).
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: 10 Tips Gas Stations Don't Want You to Know
: Gaspump MSN Money compiled a list of 10 things that could potentially save
: you money next time you go to the gas station. It turns out that gas
: stations, oil companies, credit card companies and a host of others may not
: have your best interest in mind. Consider these the nuggets of consumer
: information those companies don’t want you to know. Some are obvious, but
: others not so much.
: 1) Shop for the best deal: Most gas stations buy from their proprietary
: company, so they don’t have the luxury of shopping around. Luckily, you do.
: The cheapest gas in your area may not always be at the same station, so it
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