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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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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 8:18:48 AM

there are SOME stations where gas is better than others. Mostly b/c their inventory turn around is either fast or slow, thus, water can accumulate in the fuel.

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Rappcommuter
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Message Posted: May 5, 2012 8:45:12 AM

I do notice a difference between some of the stations. It might be due to some additives or I imagine some older stations might have water leaking into their tanks. I think it is best to do your own evaluations. You must be careful though, as the type of driving will have the greatest impact.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 8:19:10 PM

Go get'em grunt!
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grunt88
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 4:39:20 PM

thats bull
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 1:23:33 PM

Thank you for posting.
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remay
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 7:00:45 AM

Spread the news!!!
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kiosk12y
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 5:55:44 AM

if u do not know or notice the differance...stick w/ the cheapest...stop complaining about price, you get what your paying for...lol.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 3:09:11 AM

I go to the cheapest gas station in my area. Most of the gasoline is from the same refinery and with the same standards and requirements. The gasoline here comes from Washington refineries in the Puget Sound area.
Gas is Gas!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible!
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 1:54:41 AM

Remember when dealers added their own lead tetraethyl? And premium gasoline was called (don't look) Ethyl?
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:42:42 AM

I try to stick to one recipe if price warrants it.
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us4usa
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:30:14 AM

The only gas I use in all my vehicles is the lowest price gas...
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big_mac64
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:25:37 AM

My Grandpa delivered gas to stations...it is the same gas, but the different stations add diff things to it (sometimes increasing volume, with less gas actually pumped) to give you diff mpg results. That's why I use GB fuelbook and also calculate my mpg on my own, and determine which stations work best in my car.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:24:38 AM

The basic "green gas" is the same but the differences come from the proprietary formula each branded station uses... Costco claims 5 times the detergent requirement, Shell touts it's nitrogen enriched formula, Marathon uses STP additives, etc. I'd love to see a test on whose gas is best. There's even something called "top tier" gas (google it) that meets additional requirements.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:24:03 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:21:21 AM

I disagree.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:20:45 AM

Believe what you want.
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:20:16 AM

Now you can't even trust your gas to be good.
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khareabhishek
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:19:53 AM

not too much
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:19:37 AM

where is the ethanol free gas???
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:19:29 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:17:50 AM

What about the additives that some Brands claim????
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:17:14 AM

My big ole but it doesn't change if it's got ethenol in the gas, that's just like pouring water in your tank!!!
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:16:19 AM

Sometimes it even comes out of the same truck!

Use Gas Buddy and buy at the lowest available price. - Pass it on.
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nomad228
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:15:58 AM

wellllll talking about bread prices,i use to be able to get a real loaf of bread(whole wheat split top) for a dollar at the local hostess thrift shop,but now that they can't compete because of gas prices and they consolidated most of their stores or moved them out of the area i have to pay $1.50 for a fake loaf of bread,starched,bleached,processed to death and that's at wally world and krogers.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:15:28 AM

i think it's different...
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:15:13 AM

I prefer the little bit less thanks to Gasbuddy
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:14:55 AM

They make it on milk, bread, chocolate bars and coffee.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:14:39 AM

no ethanol
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:14:23 AM

It all comes from the same refinery!
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:14:21 AM

So why do people fill up at a high priced station, when across the street or down the block is another with lower prices?
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:13:53 AM

so all the advertising is really on very small differences?
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:13:40 AM

I guess
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:13:36 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:13:08 AM

high quality FREE gas is the best gas...
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:13:01 AM

Can, might, not likely. Those are real definitive statements.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:12:52 AM

When it all comes from the same pipeline, it is hard to claim that one brand is better than another. Normally the cheaper brand works best.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:11:55 AM

Non-ethanol gas is better
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:10:57 AM

Get rid of ethanol........
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nomad228
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:10:45 AM

and? no it doesn't change much except the level of ethanol mixed in it does.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:09:46 AM

Really?
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:09:41 AM

Get rid of ethanol and all gas would be better.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:09:20 AM

sure
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:07:47 AM

Brand is irrelevant, gas vs ethanol is what's important
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:07:03 AM

I bought my gas anywhere.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:04:56 AM

just give us the real thing. he who want biogas have it to ask the companies if they want to make it for them
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:04:49 AM

That's right
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 12:04:17 AM

That's patently untrue.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 11:57:20 PM

So is Becky implying that Costco has more tank capacity at their single location than other large department/grocery stores? Hard to believe Costco tanks would be that much larger to reflect such a price difference.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 11:57:00 PM

eliminate ethanol in all gasoline...
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 11:55:48 PM

That's right :)
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