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Old 07-13-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Buying fuel on the credit card in CA

I have fueled up 3 times since I entered CA. All three stations have added an additional 10 cents per gal for using the credit card. Is this the norm in CA? If so, the rest of the nation is sure to follow.
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I think it's pretty common at the bigger truck stops but we haven't found it to be limited to California and it's usually posted as a different cash vs credit price.

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I have fueled up 3 times since I entered CA. All three stations have added an additional 10 cents per gal for using the credit card. Is this the norm in CA? If so, the rest of the nation is sure to follow.
If you look closely at the price signs it usually says cash/credit with 2 different prices. You can find many stations that will sell fuel near the cash price with a single posted price.
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Did you go to ARCO stations every time? I believe they have a cash low-price come-on and add for credit/debit cards. In Yuma, I found that out only after maneuvering my motorhome into a tight T-bone setup. The pump would not activate on my credit card, so I asked and found that station only accepted debit cards and added a surcharge. I went on to a Shell station which ended up costing about the same considering my Shell card rebate. I don't carry enough cash to keep pumping 50-65 gallons of eau-de-Arabia.
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I live in Southern California...

Arco Stations charge .45 cents for using a credit/debit card - so while their gas prices look good, you have to factor in this charge also.

Circle K and Valero stations also charge for using credit/debit cards - that might be the .10 cents.

I fuel up at Vons/Safeway grocery store gas stations. I have a discount card with them (you sign up online with your phone number). I automatically get .03 cents off of each gallon, plus they run specials every so often that if you spend $50 you get an additional .10 cents off every gallon. This makes more sense to me as this is where I shop most of the time anyway.
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Did you go to ARCO stations every time? I believe they have a cash low-price come-on and add for credit/debit cards. In Yuma, I found that out only after maneuvering my motorhome into a tight T-bone setup. The pump would not activate on my credit card, so I asked and found that station only accepted debit cards and added a surcharge. I went on to a Shell station which ended up costing about the same considering my Shell card rebate. I don't carry enough cash to keep pumping 50-65 gallons of eau-de-Arabia.

arcos usually get 45 cents per fillup but I dont go there any more BUT 40 cents on a big filllup will work out not so bad.
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It's the norm at a lot of filling stations. Normally you don't get an upgharge with most major brands, but you have to read the signs.

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You can fill up at Arco with a card if at the pump it asks for debit or credit. If you choose credit there is no charge and if you close debit you are charged. Majors will not charge you extra if you use their proprietary card. This is for California and Arizona but get away from the freeways for best price.
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Usually you get the cash price if you use your debit card. I stopped in St George, Utah last year at a station at the Washington exit and wanted to use my debit card for the cash price, but they charged me 12 cents a gallon. Oh well. I had enough cash with me, so I paid in cash. Helps to stop in Mequite some times
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It was arco in Boron (4 corners) off of Hwy58 that charged a flat $4 on about 25 Gals. A union 76 in chowchilla that charged a dime a gal. I also thought the Shell in chowchilla charged me a dime, but looking at the receipt, I was charged the price that was indicated on the sign. Quess I'll just carry more cash in my wallet, just incase. Thanks for the replys.
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For that price, they better come out and pump it for you.
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I got bad fuel from Arco once. That, along with the credit price for fuel is enough to make me look for another station.

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I got bad fuel from Arco once. That, along with the credit price for fuel is enough to make me look for another station.

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Bad fuel once could happen anywhere.
I've repeatedly had bad experiences with Arco stations and bad fuel at a number of different stations in different cities and in different states.

Between the B.S that the card reader at the pumps don't work, "Must prepay in side" plus the little tack on charge, I don't touch Arco's with a 10 foot pole.
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