Gas Stations Informative - Gas Station Bait & Switch

Review by 32031 on 2008-07-09
I just saw a clip on ABC News. There are some gas stations charging extra for using a credit or debit card without posting a notice. In all states if there is a price difference between cash and credit the difference must be posted. One station was caught charging 50 cents extra (per gallon!) for card use.

So read your receipt, if they charged more than the posted price complain immediately.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-08-09
Posted by MRM on 2008-07-09:
Whoa Nelly! Have they gone mad! Thank you, PassingBy, for alerting your readers!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
Good info! I think California has a law that they have to post both prices. I have not seen a two tier price at a gas station in a long time out here. Arco charges a small ATM fee to use your ATM debit card as most of their locations won't take a credit card.
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
I seen a report on our news the other night. The gas station owners claim it costs them every time a customer uses a credit card. Some are even planning on having a "Pay less with cash" at the pumps to encourage customers to use money instead of credit cards.

This doesn't sound like the same thing you are talking about, but it may be their reason for it...but if they are going to charge more on the card, than what's posted on the pumps then they SHOULD have that clearly posted to the customers.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
I read about this on CNN.com

there was a gas station down the street that was giving a discount for paying with cash....but not anymore
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
Steve, it's time for you to move up North!
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
Some areas here have little gas wars going on (Not the kind that Ejack and Olf F has)...One station lowered theirs to $3.75 and they had cars lined up for blocks..so the station across the street from them lowered his to $3.73 and the lines split up...of course that wasn't near me, but gas here went down yesterday from $3.99 to $3.94...it may have gone a little lower today, I haven't been out yet.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
Im already as North as I want to be.I need to move south,to Mexico and live on the beach
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
We have a beaches here in Cleveland!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
I don't want to see Drew Carey on the beach in a speedo
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
hows that for a visual
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
You don't have to worry about that..he has a big swimming pool in his back yard for that. Trust me, when I drive past there, that's the last thing I'd want to see as well!

Funny you should mention Drew...I was just informed yesterday, by a long time friend of mine...that I shared the back seat of a car with Drew...and didn't even know it at the time...ewwwwwwwww...he introduced himself to me as "a comedian" at that time....I think some things would have been better left unknown.
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
How's THAT for a visual? Basher and Drew sharing the backseat of a car? 'scuse me...I must go now.
Posted by yoke on 2008-07-09:
We had it here in CT until the AG got involved.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
Oh my what have I done?? This thread went from gas stations to Drew Carey. AIEEEEEEE!!!
Posted by dimplepie on 2008-07-09:
Thank you, PassingBy. With my Jeep getting 14 MPG, I need to save all I can. Rated your review, "very helpful."
Posted by unleaded on 2008-07-09:
Here's a tip to help you get more gas in your tank and this seems to work with other stations I've seen as well. Don't use the auto pump method where you set the little bar to pump fuel for you. The way the pumps work is when they pump that way the way the gas flows is evaporates more rapidly because oxygen gets to it when it's pumping quicker, meaning less gas for you and more profit for them. Also I noticed, it may just be the station I use that the gas tax is also eliminated somehow when using this method. So there must be a method to how the gas is pumped or the speed which determines how much tax is tacked on. I bought 6 gallons of gas at 3.95 a gallon for 19.92. This makes my gas guage at over half a tank, and this is with the needle being on E. So you do get much more gas using this method, I have a 12 gallon tank.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
what a load of hoo-ha. The states sends around their "weights and measures" departments to test the fuel out of pumps all the times at many "speeds." It has to measure up or the station is fined.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
Unleaded, Best Answer and excellent info for those in the know.

This is posted on Tipster's also,

Getting more gas at the pump:

When you are filling up your gas tank, do not put the gas in at the fastest nozzle setting. If you look at the nozzle, you'll see that they usually have three settings: low, middle, and high. If you use the slowest setting, it will minimize the vapors that are created while you are pumping your gas. This will in turn maximize the amount of gas that actually ends up in your tank. Gas pumps have a vapor return mechanism. If you are pumping at the fastest rate, more of the liquid gas will be converted to vapor and that will be returned up and back into the underground storage tank so you'll be getting less gas for your money.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
Ridiculous, unless a teaspoon of fuel is going to make a difference to you.
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
I never noticed any settings for the flow of the gas...where on the nozzle are they?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-09:
DB, it's the little plastic clip that holds the handle open during the fill. I have read many times that you will get less gas using the fastest nozzle setting. AAA said it can add up to many gallons in just a short period of time. I'll send AAA a letter and let them know they are being ridiculous though. Heck, what do they know about cars.
Posted by D. on 2008-07-09:
Oh...I never used that...I always just hold and squeeze until it fills up.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2008-07-17:
Is this for diesel or unleaded? I see the prices on the board for diesel changing from credit to cash prices all the time around here.
Posted by FCO on 2008-08-01:
I thought that was a thing of the past, lol. There are no gas stations in my area that screw you, if you use a credit card. They figure there is less chance for fraud, by using a credit card, then "rubber" money, also, less chance of people driving away without paying.
Posted by Bonnie on 2008-08-04:
Did you know that if you put 2 oz. of pure acetone per 10 gallons of gas in your tank, you should increase your mileage by about 20%?
I drive a '66 GT350 Tribute mustang that has 325 HP & I get 18 MPG Freeways.
See the video of the car on a Lighthouse Road Trip on:
Please let me know what you think.



Posted by varnco on 2008-08-09:
It is all profit over service.

I purchased a BMW 750il two weeks ago, then purchased premium fuel at a Chevron Station at 1755 North Congress Avenue in West Palm Beach Florida a week later. I broke down 3 miles later.

Braman BMW found oil and water in my gas. I reported the Chevron Station to the state and they tested the tank. Yes, there was contaminated gas.

My car has been in Braman all week and I learned today that the bad gas blew my engine. My repair bill is over $2,000, and will grow to $10,000 with a new engine.

I reported it to Chevron Corporate and they told me to deal with the local dealer. I have a contact at Chevron Corporate.

I reported it to the station owner, yet he told me that he doesn’t care, and that I need to “sue him” or go through Chevron Corporate. Apparently he didn’t like me taking video and photos of the oil extraction on Thursday, nor did he like me speaking with his customers to warn them for the 2 day period he refused to voluntarily shut the pumps after I first told him of the problem.

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