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Message Posted: May 22, 2014 12:56:37 PM

Premium Grade GapMotorists stuck with vehicles taking premium gasoline have more reason to gripe: in follow up to analysis done last year by GasBuddy, the "grade gap", or price difference for premium gasoline versus regular, continues to rise. (Click here for larger graph)Last time we wrote about the "grade gap" rising, the cost for premium nationally averaged about 35 cents higher than regular. Today, as the updated chart shows, we're closing in on a grade gap that's approaching 40 cents per gallon. Some media outlets are even covering the grade gap in news stories, calling the rising grade gap a "hidden increase".Indeed, it seems far fewer stations are posting the price of premium outside their station- I've certainly noticed it common as I drive back to my home state of Michigan from my residence in Chicago, IL. ...

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retiredat44
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2014 9:10:10 AM

just like women, I like Premium not the low grade
BobN1938
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 10:37:34 PM

Yes, I own 2 cars that require preium a 2003 Jaguar X-Type and a 1997 Jaguar XK-8. Will I change them to save a few cents at the pump NO. I bought them because they are what I wanted. Are we getting ripped off at the pump surewe are, but I'm not going to let any oil company rule my life. Am I rich, NO, I'm retired USN and I'm going to enjoy my elder years no matter what. We still have it better than people in other countries. We are in the Philippines right now visiting family and working on our house here. Regular gas here in the province is going for the equivelant of $5.36 a gallon (61 pesos/liter). Exchange rate roughly 43 pesos = $1.
retiredat44
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 9:31:34 PM

everyone that bought a car that demands premium, they know it. The article is about the gap between the grades... we know it costs more... it doesn't take a high IQ to know that.. just that the stations, or oil, or both, are trying to see how far they can widen the gap and get away with it... btw,,, I left California... no longer put up with the crap there (the people of California just roll over and take the abuse..)... I just can't change my info without making a new account..
retiredat44
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 9:26:22 PM

if you don't use premium, then hush,, it's not about you, not everything is about you...
retiredat44
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 9:24:28 PM

I really hate the bastage gas stations who advertise a price, you drive all the way there, only to find the ad gas is only cheaper when you pay cash, no credit cards.. they add a charge for credit cards... if they can get away with ripping you off, they will...
chuckwgn
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 5:46:21 PM

my Mercedes use higher grade that is between mid grade and premium. I did the calculations and found if I got 1/2 half tank of regular and 1/2 tank of premium The octane came in around 90. Had to do it on an empty tank or else split the quantity (gallons)to get the same results.Need to pay attention though. If you do it by dollars the total octane will come out wrong. Save about a nickle a gallon over all premium. You need to check the owner's manual to see what your minimum acceptable octane for your vehicle. WARNING the wrong octane could blow your engine!!!
PAA64
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 6:38:25 AM

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agrico
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 9:17:14 PM

never owned a car that wouldn't run on regular
goldrose1
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 11:54:56 PM

ok
honda0105
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Message Posted: May 24, 2014 6:58:26 AM

oh well. Drive a newer car? Or not so much?
Raider44
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 11:18:51 PM

on a percentage basis, not much has changed.
dkp1960
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 5:02:29 PM

Since there are vehicles that specifically require premium its good to know this.
apachewarrior3
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 4:46:42 PM

hmmm
sydb7
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 2:57:58 PM

Buy regular, not gas guzzler premium!
CrazyQ
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 2:46:32 PM

The gap has actually shrunk by 50%. But then, most "journalists" are very weak in math, so a simple calculation like this eludes them. Back when regular gas was 99 cents a gallon, premium was $1.19, or 20% higher. And what's 20% higher today? If regular is $3.65, then premium should be $4.39. At $3.99, it's a bargain.
lgwhitlock
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 2:46:28 PM

About the same gap here as last year...
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:57:55 PM

40 cents is the norm around here, some station vary, but not many
slowtrain
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:53:34 PM

I wouldn't have a vehicle that takes premium.
72_Monte
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:41:47 PM


Making GasBuddy even more essential.
strakey
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:35:29 PM

more of a con job, when they use a single hose for all three grades you get ripped off if the guy before you uses a lower grade as the gas left in the hose to the switch valve gets put in your tank and a lot of the time premium fuel is older.
GenChick
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:26:40 PM

Wow!
DeeLA
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:07:10 PM

I agree with Royski.
weenerdog
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:58:19 PM

wow
Royski
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:52:56 PM

20 cents/gallon is common in California,
perhaps because of our reformulated gas:
it's more expensive overall than other
places in the nation.
Costello
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:44:13 PM

Motorcycles don't normally have a choice...
hatterasjack
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:44:08 PM

Stations' signs usually only have room for up to three prices. Here in South Carolina I would say that most stations have a different price for cash than credit. Most sell diesel and many sell E-85. So premium is probably a small percentage of their sales so they don't show the price. There is an increasing number of stations also selling ethanol-free gas.
stopforgas
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:42:44 PM

Glad all mine take regular now...
MightyDude
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:38:51 PM

don't buy cars that require premium
arnerator
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:37:26 PM

it sure is... and w/o a real reason. Rip Off.
LtRTH
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:37:23 PM

Don't complain about the price of premium. You bought knowing it took a high priced gas.
CrazyQ
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:37:23 PM

The gap has actually shrunk by 50%. But then, most "journalists" are very weak in math, so a simple calculation like this eludes them. Back when regular gas was 99 cents a gallon, premium was $1.19, or 20% higher. And what's 20% higher today? If regular is $3.65, then premium should be $4.39. At $3.99, it's a bargain.
PizzaMon
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:35:16 PM

You knew it when you bought the vehicle.
Brakepiston
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:35:07 PM

If you can afford a car that only runs on Premium, then you aren't worried about the price of gas.
benzee01
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:33:58 PM

ok
smelser1123
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:33:20 PM

Reg for me
bby
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:32:34 PM

whatever
jnseyeongas
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:31:09 PM

I don't look past regular.
bodoj
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:29:16 PM

Interesting
DABEE1073
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:29:09 PM

The answer to the problem is not to buy a car that requires premium gas.
gamalerin
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:29:07 PM

As usual.
skysteve1
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:28:37 PM

Gouging is what it is
car54BC
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:28:16 PM

Gas tax
ctcowboy
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:27:20 PM

...and probably more shipment overseas
jpj23
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:26:50 PM

When I last shopped for a new car I crossed off my list any car that required premium fuel, especially if its use was a requirement of the warranty. I figure that has saved me thousands of dollars by now.
bart_reed
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:26:15 PM

Yes, I am now seeing a spread of 30 cents instead of 20 cents. The new norm.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:26:12 PM

Speedway is one of the big jumpers in Michigan...
A year ago $ difference to higher grades was 10 cents.......
Bigtex09
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:25:57 PM

diesel is my choice
Eggo
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:24:39 PM

I agree with "pure simple greed... "
lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:23:44 PM

greed, pure simple greed...
RevMarket
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:22:56 PM

Oh my
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:22:32 PM


The grade gap is becoming very ridiculous, it is not based on value.
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