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New Haven

Joined:Sep 2007
Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 9:43:14 AM

What is the protocol for stations that offer grades other than 87, 89, and 91 octane?
If (Shell I think) has a 91 octane High Test and a 94 octane Super High Test, which one is entered?
Does Sunoco still offer an 86 octane Extra Low? (If your car or lawnmower can run on it, that's what you'd use, instead of paying for octanes you don't need, you frugal Gas Buddy you.)
I've been to stations that offer 5 grades of unleaded gas, although the minor grades are often priced the same as the major grades.
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Rookie Author Cleveland

Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 5:18:26 PM

In the Cleveland, OH area, 87/89/91 is the norm, but Costco only carries 87/93. I report the 93 as premium.
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Sophomore Author New Haven

Joined:Sep 2007
Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 3:48:49 PM

Got it, thanks. It's by region, not by brand. Premium is that grade which is the octane which is generally Premium in this region. When I come across it I will report as such.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 12:35:39 PM

The "protocol", as indicated in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website are: Currently you can search and post prices for regular, mid-grade, premium and diesel."

The common acceptance is that the pricing is for the most accepted local grade. That is, 87 octane is "regular", 89 is "mid-grade", and 91 is "premium". If there are discounts for certain forms of payment or extra-ordinary fuels, you can make such entries in the comments section; note however that the comments are not continuing and are removed when another member updates the prices for that station.

Essentially it's a matter of common understanding of what's regular, what's mid-grade, and what's premium, and subsequent "common sense" posting. Because there's a variance in octane levels in different areas, it would be difficult to have posting by specific octanes, which is something that many members might not actually know.
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