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The quality of gas doesn't change from station to station

KTVL News -- MEDFORD, Ore. -- Even though the price of gas varies from station to station, there is not major difference in quality.

AAA Auto Club says all gas is required to meet certain federal, state industry and environmental standards. Gas stations in the same geographical area buy its gas from the same factory. Gas in Southern Oregon is shipped from Northern California.

Regional Manager Becky Lonctot with AAA says there can be a slight difference in gas -- if a station adds engine cleaning additives to its standard recipe.

However, Lonctot says the difference isn't likely not big enough to damage a car.

"A lot of the time for pricing, we like to compare it to a grocery store," Lonctot said. "One grocery store might charge X amount for a loaf of bread and another might charge a little bit less


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Submitted May 03, 2012 By: angel4me
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ttfn5tigger
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:36:20 PM

i knew that. I have followed gas truck from one station to another and the stations are different companies
miiike572
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:32:56 PM

This could hurt branded stations
NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:32:50 PM

Buying the cheapest gas available has always served me well.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:30:54 PM

Very interesting article. I was always taught to go to a "big name" station. Thanx for posting.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:30:41 PM

Baron62nd has it right.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:29:57 PM

Old article.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:27:01 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:25:53 PM

Good to know.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:25:50 PM

yeah right
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:21:29 PM

Except Chevron has Techron to make your cae smile.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:19:14 PM

ok
GAS1251
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:18:16 PM

At least it's supposed to be the same, it comes off one truck.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:14:12 PM

ok
jb107
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:13:18 PM

In this area there are multiple refineries.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:12:31 PM

Unless, you get an added feature you don't want water in your gas!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:12:17 PM

The brands have different additives and detergents. Regardless of the additives, there are standards that each grade must meet. Some brands my exceed the minimum standards by a greater margin than others.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:11:12 PM

Always figured
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:09:45 PM

Well, duh!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:09:34 PM

somewhat.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:09:28 PM

true
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:05:28 PM

just like fresh bread and veggies, gas has a shelf life and can go bad. your engine will tell you if you listen to it. look for the station that does a lot of gas pumping as it will be fresher.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:04:37 PM

Most of the time.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:03:23 PM

Via no difference....
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:51:53 PM

BUT YOU CAN GET BAD GAS!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:50:58 PM

Sure.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:47:09 PM

You pay for the "brand" in any product.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:42:24 PM

Name brands for gasoline are not worth the extra cost.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:40:10 PM

Difference is amount of cleaning agents and ETOH.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:40:06 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:38:11 PM

didn't think so.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:34:18 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:31:30 PM

k
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:29:16 PM

There seems to be a difference in the amount of cleaning agents added to gasoline. Visit toptiergas.com. Some manufacturers, like Audi, recommend top tier gas in their vehicles, therefore it must be better quality. The octane number is the same across the board, that has already been established.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:28:20 PM

For at least the last twenty years I've never found a noticeable difference. That was until I finally found 87 octane non-ethanol on my last fill-up. Now my car feels spunky again. Big difference if you get off ethanol.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:26:57 PM

For the most part this is correct. In the old days there were off-brands that left a margin for error. Now almost all stations are branded and get their gas from the same place, blending proprietary additives at delivery to the station.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:26:51 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:24:03 PM

just the price
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:22:04 PM

of course it does.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:21:42 PM

How clean can diesel be.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:21:41 PM

Not surprising.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:14:49 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:11:56 PM

Boy, that is only part of the story...don't forget with almost NO ties between the name on the gas pump and the source of the refined gas...THERE really can be the same source for all manner of competitors at the distribution level!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:10:06 PM

OF COURSE ITS DIFFERENCE!!!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:09:41 PM

Additives still make a difference in the internal parts of your engine.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:08:11 PM

But there's still a difference.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:07:25 PM

Some people just will not believe that.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:06:48 PM


You have always been able to tell if Medford gas comes from California or Oregon/Washington. In many areas gas comes from the same source no matter the brand and in other areas it may shipped in from different areas. Additives do change from station to station but basic gas is highly regulated.





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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:05:57 PM

A lot of people beg to differ.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:02:33 PM

Another article filled with lies.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 9:02:12 PM

uhuh uhuh uhuh
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 8:56:31 PM

Nice to know but, oops!, mistakes are made in delivery and storage.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 8:47:55 PM

dhan for a better economy
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