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marielle

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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2008 1:34:27 PM

what is the best time of day to fill up your car?
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 7:11:46 PM

When you need gas and its not busy.
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Sun_Man
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:29:06 AM

3-4pm weekdays
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car54BC
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 9:35:50 AM

I cross the U.S. border to fill up and early is better to avoid some of the line ups
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:18:07 AM

Anytime.
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SAButton
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 7:36:21 AM

Early AM
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rmallen007
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 4:46:12 PM

The best time of day to fill up is about noon. If prices are going to drop they usually do so about mid-day. Also avoid filling up shortly after a tanker has delivered more gas to a station. Sediment usually floats in the station tanks when more gas is added to the supply.
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hacienda
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 11:11:55 AM

Just before they raise the price.
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hoochie123
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 2:41:59 PM

anytime
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drmiller0711
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2015 2:03:14 PM

I usually fill up in the evening since that is when I am off work. but I don't think there is a particular time as such except maybe in the summer when it is so hot. Then I would most likely do it in the evening because the temperature is cooler and I "think" it is safer
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tnhusker
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 10:48:10 AM

I don't believe there is a best time. The tanks are below ground so most would be at a constant temp all year making no difference.
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GitDirty
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 3:10:53 AM

I fill up anytime of the day. I try to fill up somewhere between half and quarter tank and rarely ever let it get below quarter tank. My thought is by getting into the habit of filling up a little sooner then if you're in a hurry like late for work, late for dr appt, or going somewhere else you should be fine on gas to get where you're going than get gas later. It's a really bad feeling to be running late to work...again. Than also have to decide should I chance it with the tank almost on E or should I stop and put a few bucks in. One time I stopped to put $7 in so I knew for sure I'd have enough gas and fill it up after work. Maybe I coulda made it but than the thought also popped in my mind that if I don't make it and run outta gas that would be WAY worse than being a few minutes late, and I wasn't even late...I laughed to myself about being so worried.

Only time I put off filling up is if it's been in the high 80's or even worse the 90's. Also depends on whether the price is rising or falling. If I know I'll be passing several stations I'll check the prices and sometimes end up stopping at a station I rarely use and fill up because they happen to have the lowest price at the moment.

[Edited by: GitDirty at 3/7/2015 3:11:44 AM EST]
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Cantongirl9591
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 3:14:34 PM

Is it true that most gas changes are Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings? But to answer your question, I normally fill up in the AM. I try to get the cheapest in my area, but lately everyone is bout the same.
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SAButton
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 6:04:55 AM

Early AM
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gas2guzz
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 12:40:15 PM

Cool temps.
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Zeick
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:37:13 PM

coolest time of day and when no one else is around usally around midnight- 2 hours before sunrise (actually 30 min but people have different ideas on sunrise.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 3:52:06 AM

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WasabiPWRD
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WasabiPWRD
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WasabiPWRD
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WasabiPWRD
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 7:13:57 AM

Any time.
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kls8216
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:42:38 AM

When I'm low on gas or I'm out.
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Terpterp
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11:23:46 AM

when I run out of gas
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ecsojay
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 12:30:42 AM

...before it runs out of gas
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Jay52409
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 1:35:26 PM

in general for me... I don't fill my car when a tanker is there filling up the reserve. stirs up to much sediment. time of day doesn't really matter to me. but I try to fill up when I'm just under a half a tank that way when I need gas, and 1500 people in line to fill up, I can come back later or hit up a different gas station and not be running on fumes. I have heard that when you pump your gas, if you don't lift the handle all the way, and the gas comes out slower, you get more that way than you would if you opened the line all the way. not sure if that is true or not though. but whenever I do fill up, I take the line and hold the lever open and drain the line into my tank to make sure I'm getting all of what I paid for
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Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 4:16:39 PM

to hardwood... thank you for your insight... even if it's wrong (which I doubt), it's a joy to see somebody putting so much thought and inside information into a post... you really, really should get extra credit for that...
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Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 4:14:40 PM

copy that angel fire, the other day needed gas locally where we have three stations and two of them were getting deliveries... I've heard talk about getting less gas per gallon during the heat of the afternoon (obviously, not this time of year), anybody else in on that?
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angelfire57
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:32:13 PM

I avoid the station when they are receiving fuel deliveries.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:46:56 AM

Just when I need it...
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colleen400
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:46:30 PM

We found that afternoon is. We have a station in am when we retuned we found the price had dropped in price
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Foolingurself
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:22:10 PM

Doesn't matter when you fill up, because the fuel is kept underground at a constant temperature.
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Stormy2015
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 10:45:34 AM

I try to fill up at the coolest part of the day. Heard that this is the best bang for your buck with gas expansion when it gets warm.
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2015 4:00:52 AM

Not enough difference to worry about.
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Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 3:29:48 PM

well foe me best time is on my way to work in the early morning. nobody there and I can get in and out quickly…
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 4:06:11 AM

Don't think it makes any difference.
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hardwood6131
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 11:41:59 PM

It is true that when a tanker fills up a gas station it stirs up the sediments in the bottom of the underground tanks. If I see a tanker at a station I note the day of the week and time and try to keep a record of it. I owned a gas station in my younger days and there was an established delivery date set by the average usage, just like they do with home propane tanks.The gas company knows how much each station averages so they tailor the delivery to suit. Try to buy your gas the day following a delivery if possible but no less than at least three hours.
It should be mandatory by the government that gas stations should have their tanks cleaned out on a regular basis. We used to test for water in the old days because we had metal tanks and they would corrode and leak fuel underground and pollute the water. Today all stations have fiberglass tanks to prevent corrosion, so I doubt if anybody even tests for water and it just accumulates until it gets pumped into someone's vehicle
PS: I buy gas way before my gage says "E"

[Edited by: hardwood6131 at 12/23/2014 11:44:34 PM EST]
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TexBob
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:37:45 PM

When the meter says "E"
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Yvon2014
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 11:32:03 AM

Noon or end of afternoon. They seem to jack up the prices around here often for the morning transit then lower it.
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beacis26
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 1:26:40 AM

At night when's it's cooler
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 6:50:29 PM

As long as the tanker isn't fill there tank at the station I'm good. Stirs up the water that might be in there tanks!!!
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pvdray
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 2:35:37 PM

usually first thing in the morning as I see most price increases happen in the afternoon
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 7:48:01 AM

evening
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:33:57 PM

When I have cash.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 4:44:51 AM

Early in the morning. I'm a morning person.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 12:57:12 PM

Early in the morning before the sun rise or late in the evening.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 7:22:32 AM

mornings
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Morning
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