Gas Prices Down, Continue to Fall

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Gas has been getting cheaper for three straight weeks and prices are expected to continue falling in months to come. AAA this week reported that the national average price of regular unleaded gas has fallen for 22 consecutive days — the longest sustained price plummet this year — to $3.47 per gallon. That's 5 cents less than a week ago, 7 cents less than a month ago and 35 cents less than the same day in 2012.

Motorists have seen some relief after paying 2013's greatest year-over-year price increase of 26 cents per gallon on July 18; just two months later they were paying 36 cents less per gallon than in 2012. Drivers in every state and the District of Columbia are paying less than they were a year ago, with Alaska getting the stingiest discount of 7 cents, while Arkansas, New Jersey, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois and Minnesota enjoy comparably generous discounts of 40 cents or more.

Refinery issues in California have caused prices to begin to creep up during the past two weeks in that state, Nevada and Washington. Eleven other states have seen prices plunge by at least a dime, while Missouri and Minnesota have seen decreases of at least 20 cents.

"Barring a hurricane or other unexpected disruption to gasoline production and distribution, AAA expects that retail prices will continue lower in the coming months, as sufficient supplies, flat demand and cheaper winter-blend gasoline mean motorists are likely to pay less to fill their tanks," AAA stated.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2013 | Comments (8)

Comments 

Rockaby

Gotta love living in SC at least for the fact that gas all around me is $2.95-2.99/gallon.

Skankzilla

Rockaby,

I love SC! Northern Virginia is always outrageous in price, I'm selling regular for 3.499 currently.

Highdesertcat

We just returned home from a 5174-mile road trip and we paid anywhere from $3.399 to $5.289 per gallon of 91-octane Premium Unleaded along the way.

Granted, this was at "name brand" gas stations like Chevron, Exxon, Shell, Union76, and Amoco because I didn't want to go to cheap places like Circle K, 7/11 or Allsup's.

I've been there and done that with local yokel convenience store gas, and learned my lesson a long time ago after I broke down in Cuba, NM at 1am on a Fri night. Turned out that cheap gas was 1/4 water.

Earl Richards

To avoid the gasoline price, rip-off, plug your Tesla S, electric car into your household, solar array.

North

High desert cat,
Not all convenience store gas is bad. Lots of honest folks just trying to make a living. And in most cases they're selling exactly the same gasoline as the big boys. Different branded gasolines come from a small number of refineries and there aren't special refineries for convenience stores. Water in fuel can come from a number of causes. It is a fact of life for diesel drivers.

Highdesertcat

North, I understand that not all convenience stores sell bad gas.

But what they get are the tank-farm dredges left over from the distribution-supply for the big boys.

Convenience stores do not get the prime grades of gasolines reserved for the big boys.

They get the left overs because convenience stores do not have the turnover that the big boys have.

It may be the same gas from the same refineries but the big boys get the choice stuff.

When I'm on the road I strive to buy the best gas there is to minimize my chances of breaking down or being stranded in the middle of nowhere due to bad fuel.

I learned a lot from being stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a CB radio in the dead of night.

Convenience store gas is OK if you don't stray far away from home, but before I go on any lengthy trip I make sure I get the good gas in my tank.

North

It's not cool to be stranded as a result of someone's negligence. But it's also not cool to generalize about a bunch of honest folks. According to the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, there are 123,289 convenience stores in the US, and they sell 80 percent of all the fuel sold in our country. More than half of these retailers are single store operators. Where our vacation home is located, such stores are the only sources of gasoline and they are pillars of the community. I reject the idea that they would accept what you call the "tank farm dredges" of the refinery. I agree that folks should look at the appearance of the retail outlet and that might give a hint as to how new their tanks are. Again, sorry to hear about your being stranded.

Highdesertcat

North, different people have different life experiences.

I choose the direction of my life and the purchases I make based in my life's experiences.

There may be some areas, like around your vacation home, where there is no other alternative but to buy gas at a convenience store.

Such was my experience when I filled up my nearly-empty gas tank at a convenience store in Southern Colorado before heading south through Cuba, NM.

The rest is history. That history also determined my future choices in buying gasoline.

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