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Hold on to your wallets! Watch gas prices skyrocket now

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Lord Vader, Feb 18, 2008.

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  1. bglenn

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    Just cause the gas prices came down doesn't mean people are gonna sell their PRIUS. 40-50 MPG still sounds pretty good to me no matter what the gas prices are.
     
  2. Richard King

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    Stopped at a station that had a bright red LED display sign showing $1.99. I pulled in to fillup and the display on the pump said $2.05. It turns out that the $1.99 was cash and $2.05 was a credit price. I took $5.00 worth, enough to get out of the boonies that I was in and moved on.
     
  3. phrelin

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    Here in the California boonies you can add 80 cents to that price.
     
  4. joshjr

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    I just paid $1.74 a gallon. Pretty good prices here in Oklahoma.
     
  5. James Long

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    Paying with debit 95¢ of that sale would go to the credit card company. Paying with credit 31¢ of that sale would go to the credit card company. Of the 2.44 gallons paid for (if you paid credit/debit) 15¢ was tacked on to "make up" for the use of the credit/debit card.

    If a station wants my business they will accept my card with NO "credit" penalty. By accepting my card they will get me to buy a full tank ... they will pay 60¢ of the $35 dollars I pay them to fill the tank (or 95¢ if I used debit). I can see why with lower gas prices stations accepting debit would want to charge a penalty. 95¢ on full tank $60 sales is easier to pay than 95¢ on a bunch of "sorry, the tank won't take any more" sales. (PS: I save the stations money by pressing the CREDIT key ... the credit fee is still a sliding percentage. It is the least I can do.)

    I suppose that station could just charge everyone $2.05 and pocket the difference.
     
  6. cadet502

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    $1.63 at a Mobil station at a UDF here in Cincinnati today.
     
  7. MikeW

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    Reminds me of the great GM promotion where you pay $2.99/gallon for three years. That, for some reason, doesn't seem like such a good deal anymore. :)

    $1.99 sited in Tucson for the first time in quite a while.
     
  8. Pink Fairy

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    $1.69 here in okieville.
     
  9. James Long

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    Wasn't that a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge promotion? Even at $5.00 per gallon the $2.99 deal was a bad bargain because of the other discounts one gave up and the absolute limits on how much gas was covered.

    http://www.chrysler.com/en/refuel/
    "Program participants, simply use a special card linked to their MasterCard® or Visa® credit card account. The card may be used to purchase enough fuel at $2.99 per gallon to travel up to 12,000 miles per year for 3 years. So no matter what the price at the pump says, you'll never have to pay more than $2.99 per gallon for qualifying fuel. (87 Octane or diesel fuel only.)

    This special Let's Refuel America Program is an alternative to the traditional incentive offers of Consumer Cash/Lease Cash and/or APR."


    GM did try a $1.99 "GM Fuel Protection Program" back in 2006 ... still a bad deal.
    http://chinadaily.wordpress.com/2006/07/01/clever-america-stupid-america/
     
  10. tcusta00

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    Whoops! Didn't even think about that promo... and now automakers are dumping cars at 80 cents on the dollar on top of it. I feel kinda bad for people that got taken advantage of with that "deal."
     
  11. James Long

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    Anyone who buys a new car is volunteering to be taken advantage of. At least wait to get one at the end of the model year off of a lease program where someone else has taken the "it rolled off the lot ... now it is worth half of what you paid" loss. You're usually better of buying something a year old than paying the penalty, even with special offers.

    I had a new car once ... I only consider it a bargain because I put 220,000 miles on it before it died eight years later. The rest have all been decent vehicles for a lot less than getting something "new" (read: used only by the current owner - everyone drives a used car).

    I'll get a hybrid some day ... when I find one that is four to six years old with low mileage and an amazing price. Probably not my next vehicle. I could get a 2004 or 2005 Prius for $18,000 without going too far away, but most are listed much higher than that. I want a car that I can afford to pay off ... not just make payments on until it wears out.
     
  12. dettxw

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    $1.57 today.
     
  13. Doug Brott

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    $2.25 here .. I'm starting to rethink my thought that we'd never get down to $1.99 :eek: .. I still have my doubts, though.
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

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    Paid $2.19 9/10 near the house the other day.
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    Its back down to $1.74/gallon for regular unleaded here.

    Quite a drop from the $4.18 peak just a month ago.
     
  16. jodyguercio

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    Some of the Arco stations around here are showing $2.13 and we've seen diesel as low as $2.49. I'm like you Doug, never thought it would get below $2 bucks.
     
  17. Doug Brott

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    $50/barrel .. This is definitely getting into the $1.xx/gallon range for CA ..
     
  18. Mark Holtz

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    We're starting to see $1.99 gas in Sactown as of three days ago.

    Can we close out this thread and start a new one? The topic is no longer accurate. :)
     
  19. gulfwarvet

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    $1.69 here in Columbus Ohio
     
  20. James Long

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    You never know, Mark, it could skyrocket back to $2.00 at any moment. :D

    Actually, isn't it time for the bi-annual price increase due to changing blends?
     
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