Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Saving On Gas

Dear Readers,
The price of gas these days is annoying everyone, so I thought the following article might be of interest to you all. Don't be penney wise and dollar foolish, though. The best way to save money on gas is to cut back on driving!

Gas Pump Money Saving Tips by: Leroy Chan
Gas prices are zooming sky high with no ceiling in sight. Do you remember when a gallon of unleaded cost $1.25? (Carol's note: And we thought that was high!)

These days, it’s more important than ever to stretch your dollars at the gas pump.
Here are ten gasoline buying tips to help you do that.
1. Shop Around
Prices vary among stations that sell the same brand. Find a station that sells your favorite brand cheaper. Prices between brands can vary. You can save money by switching brands. (Carol's note: don't spend alot of time running around to save a penney or two per gallon. A 2 cent saving to fill up my car is only about 15 cents total. At the current price of gas, around $2.50, it costs me about 13 cents per mile just for gas, not to mention wear and tear on the car... so don't worry about a few pennies).

2. Use a Gasoline Credit Card
Some give a 5 to 10 percent rebate on purchases. (Carol's note: AND, some cards give airmiles with each purchase)

3. Buy Gasoline in the Morning
Gasoline is denser during the morning when temperatures are colder. Gas pumps measure and charge by volume, not density. You’ll be getting more solid fuel rather than vapors for your money.

4. Buy Gas from a Busy Station
Busy gas stations refill their underground tanks often. Slower stations don’t. Therefore, their tanks may have stale contaminated gas. Older fuel is poorer on fuel economy and performance.

5. Turn the Nozzle
Twist the gas pump nozzle 180 degrees when done. This can add up to an extra four ounces to your tank.

6. Stop Using High-Octane Gas
High-octane gas costs more than regular. If you car isn’t pinging, use regular unleaded. You’ll save up to 20 cents per gallon.

7. Avoid Topping-Off
The pump needs time to draw out the full amount. It doesn’t get it when you Top-off. You pay extra for these short- burst of fuel. Wait until your tank is at least half-full before you fill it up.

8. Avoid Stations That Just Refilled Their Tanks
The refilling of underground tanks stirs up particles that lay at the bottom. If these particles get in to your gas tank, they can cut the fuel efficiency of your car.

9. Pump Your Own Gas
Use the self-serve rather than the full-serve pump. Full- serve gasoline costs more. You save money pumping gas yourself.

10. Tighten the Gas Cap
Twist the cap until you hear it click. This prevents gasoline from evaporating and escaping.
Final Thought

These ten tips are easy to apply. Remember to use them each time at the gas pump. You’ll be stretching your gas dollars.

About The Author
Leroy Chan makes available a special report that exposes the tricks drivers must learn to avoid paying too much for a tank of gas. Information on this and more can be found on his site:

Happy Driving!

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Serving Wenatchee & Surrounding Areas
Phone: 509-670-7840 * Fax: 419-818-4009

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