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Does Self-Service Gas Save Money?

By , May 31st, 2006 | 5 Comments »

gas - ways to save moneyConcept: Pump your own gas and there is no need to pay the salary of the person that would give you full service.

Will You Save Money?: Yes**

Comments: This one seems like a no brainer when it comes to saving money. Gas prices for self-service can be double digits less that for the same type of gas with full service. If you are willing to pump your own gas, you can save a lot of money. For the most part, this is absolutely true. There is one factor that many people forget, however, that can actually cost you money when using self-service at the gas pump.

**When you don’t use full service, nobody checks your tire pressure, oil and other fluids and basic maintenance areas that every car needs. That means it’s your responsibility to do so. Since neglecting these can cause you to lose gas mileage and may lead to costly repairs, simply choosing self-service without doing the extras that come with full service can make self-service a lot less of a money saving alternative than most people assume.

The easiest was to solve this is to learn how to do all the things a full service gas stop would include and to do them regularly yourself when you fill up. They are not difficult to learn and you can handle them if you take the time – well worth the effort. If you aren’t willing to do so, however, then it may make sense to spend some money once a month to get full service to make sure that other issues with your car have not been neglected.

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  • annab says:

    there are only one or two places that have it where I live. If there’s not a garage with the gas station, you can’t find it at all.

  • edmund says:

    Full service often means just getting the gas tank full .. I suppose it could be wroth the money if you actually get full service and get the tires checked, and oil checked and the rest.

  • davis says:

    I can’t remember the last time I filled at a full service pump. I agree. If you own a car, you should know the basics of taking care of it.

  • Savon says:

    Well, I live in Oregon, and all the stations are “full service”. But all they do is pump the gas – they don’t check anything. Only once did an attendant wash my windshield. I thought maybe I should tip him! Fortunately, the full service price here is comparable to the self serve in many other states.

    In Connecticut, I have had them wash my windshield at full service. They may have occasionally checked the oil.

    What state do you live in, that you get all this fancy service?

  • Bonnie says:

    I live in Los Angeles. I go to full service every two months. I fill up to 7/8 of a tank at my favorite low price station. Then I drive over to the full service station down the street and tell them to fill it up and check everything. They give me 1/8 of a tank and check my car’s fluids & tire pressure. It’s worth a few bucks not to get my hands and clothes dirty. I always have them tell me how much oil I have (not just if I need it or not) so I know if I need to add some at home. However I have a 2000 Toyota Camry, and I have never had to add oil, I am never low, and it gets taken care of at the time of my regular oil change.


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