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August 27, 2016

Any brand loyalty left for gas stations?

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  • Jake Buckner posted at 9:48 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

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    For me it's pricing No. 1, and convenience No. 2. I won't drive very far out of my way to buy cheaper gas.

    BTW, I'm struck how certain stations on the Island get away with charging so much more than others less than a mile away. I don't see how they stay in business.

  • vandyva posted at 10:04 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

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    Noah Rice Service Center 75th and Stewart Road is full service. Gas, tires, windshield, the works.

  • dbeard57 posted at 10:18 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

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    free enterprise

  • dbeard57 posted at 10:19 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

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    dont pump gas and talk on cellphone

  • hoss posted at 6:31 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Well if you have to you could move to Oregon where you are not allowed to pump your own gas, though you may pump your own diesel. Locals refer to it(the law) as the full employment act.

  • lauraelder posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Thanks for the information!

  • lauraelder posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Hoss, I had no idea. I looked it up after your post and apparently New Jersey has the same law. Fascinating.

  • dbeard57 posted at 8:21 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Hoss sometimes I wish Texas had the same law when I see people amoking, engines running , cell phone use and rentering cars while pumping gas. It is really scary sometimes.. I know this was not about what I wrote except the writer did mention talking on phone while pumpiing gas.Any device like a phone being used around gas vapors should be explosion proof. Gasoline vapors are highly explosive.
    i witnessed a guy filling up his boat laying on bow smoking and pumping whitht he cigarette about a foot from nozzle. I mentioned to him I hoped he did not blow my kids and I up and he got beligerent real quick like I might be stupid.

  • confusedemmy posted at 9:36 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    I buy Valero gas, because it is TX/US produced, and a constant quality. Quality does matter, ask a mechanic!

    And as far as service, I ~think~ the northern lane of the Exxon at 32nd and Broadway is full service, too. The guys there are so nice. I may buy Valero gas, but I always get my car inspected at that Exxon.

  • Bigjim posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Yes it makes a difference on buying same brand of gas. Some brands only filter product only once. Also if something go wrong with gas (bad blending like in Texas City a few years ago with bad benzene, fiberglass in it, happen to me) it is easer to work with the company that caused this.
    The gas you use may be processed by another company then the one who’s station you are in but will have the additives, octane, requirements, and filtering required for the brand they are selling to.

  • ScrabbleGuy posted at 4:03 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    At 720 Highway 3 in La Marque, Valero is a full-service gas station- at a premium price!

  • ScrabbleGuy posted at 4:17 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    I don't think brand loyalty matters much when talking about gasoline.
    Habit and convenience trumps loyalty.

  • lauraelder posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Wow. Thanks. I had no idea!

  • sverige1 posted at 4:21 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    I've always heard the gas at the big-name places is the exact same petroleum by-product as the gas at the quick-and-shops. The only difference is the cost. On the island, I am so glad that Krogers has its gas pumps installed. What a great addition. I use the points also. It cements the "loyalty" I have to Krogers.

    I'm still mad at HEB for not coming back to the island, so I like to go to any competitors of theirs. As for Krogers, you can pump gas there any hour you wish. Some of these smaller places close their pumps after-hours. The good thing about the Seawall Krogers also is that the area seems a bit less transitory. An illusion, probably, but if I pump gas at the RaceTrac, I invariably get approached by a panhandler who asks for a quarter or a dollar.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 4:35 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Lars, you just don't look mean enough, or maybe you look too affluent.

    I never get approached at RaceTrac.[angry]

  • sverige1 posted at 5:59 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

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    Yankee places like Oregon and N. Jersey, who don't let individuals pump gas, probably don't have all-night places to pump gas. What a bummer. To always make regular folks sit in cars and be "serviced" sounds so upperclass, aristocratic, hoity toity.

    Now, what if you're a trucker in those "people can't pump their own gas" states? I'd imagine they're bound to still have available truck stops, where only truckers can pump gas at all hours.

  • Tboh posted at 1:38 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

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    Price. Live on the mainland, so usually get gas at Wal Mart or SAMs. I would use my Kroger points, but the nearest one with gas is on Bay Area. WM at 646 is almost always cheaper than WM in La Marque. The HEB at 646 is usually comparable to 646 WM, but the national brand across the street is ten cents or more per gallon higher!

    I assume you don't believe in equal rights if you don't pump your own gas? Always thought that being able to pump gas, check the oil level, or change a tire were requirements for driving.

  • lauraelder posted at 8:13 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

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    The whole beauty of a right is you can choose not to do it. It's really no different than the fact that more men eat than choose to cook or wash dishes.

  • kevjlang posted at 8:27 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

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    sverige1, it's been awhile since I was in Oregon, so I don't recall if gas stations there are open all night, but I'd guess that you can find them along the major highways. What I do recall is that there didn't seem to be a price premium versus self serve in California. Since most of New Jersey is either NYC or Philly metro, and since those metros never sleep, I doubt that Jersey does, so I'd expect you can find late night and overnight pumps fairly easily. New Jersey used to have some of the cheapest gas in the country. It's around the middle now, averaging around $3.21/gal. Oregon is about a dime more than Jersey. For reference, Texas is averaging about a dime less than Jersey.

    For the most part, with all of the co-terminalling agreements, there's little chance of knowing who made the gas you're pumping. All you know is who's detergent and other additives were added.

  • hoss posted at 5:52 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

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    Good one Laura.