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Old 09-04-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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I am getting extremely tired of pulling into a refueling station and putting in my credit card only to be cut off at $100 or worse $75 and then having the station person tell me it's my banks fault. I can pump diesel till my hearts content as long as I stay within my credit limit as far as my bank is concerned. I think it would be nice if they posted a sign telling me where they were going to cut me off.
Just blowing off steam.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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I am getting extremely tired of pulling into a refueling station and putting in my credit card only to be cut off at $100 or worse $75 and then having the station person tell me it's my banks fault. I can pump diesel till my hearts content as long as I stay within my credit limit as far as my bank is concerned. I think it would be nice if they posted a sign telling me where they were going to cut me off.
Just blowing off steam.
I learned my lesson early. I now go into the cashier first, hand them my card and say I will be taking on at least 60 gallons and prepay say 250.00. If I pump under that amount, the overcharge goes back on my account. saves time and more importantly aggravation.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Yes it is a major pain , and even diesel has to reload the card and even then you can only do it twice maybe then it is declined till you go in and explain.

Or truck lanes In a 45 foot coach with a toad some of the travel plazas just don't have enough room at the car rv side == truck lanes are cash only for the good price ...
there goes my point perks
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It's defintely a pain, but is neither the bank or the service station's fault. Essentially, each station uses a service that approves your card at the pump and then gaurantees that the station will get paid. For your protection and theirs, they limit that amount.

The pain is as fuel goes up and fuel ups easily go over $75.00 for a car, $125.00 for a truck and at least $175.00 for a DP, you'd think they would adjust those insured amounts.
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I learned my lesson early. I now go into the cashier first, hand them my card and say I will be taking on at least 60 gallons and prepay say 250.00. If I pump under that amount, the overcharge goes back on my account. saves time and more importantly aggravation.
I find it less hassle to just run my card twice than to walk over to the store and wait in line for a clerk and get tham to process the card. Some truck stops give truck drivers first service at the counter now that is a PIA.

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I find it less hassle to just run my card twice than to walk over to the store and wait in line for a clerk and get tham to process the card. Some truck stops give truck drivers first service at the counter now that is a PIA.

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On my trip from Florida to Alaska last April, I drove just under 6000 miles using 948 gallons of fuel. That's a lot of pumping. So to prevent those stupid pumps from limiting me, I simply go into the cashier wherever I happen to stop, hand them my CC and inform them I am filling the tank. They turn it on for me and when finished I go inside to pay.

The only time I have to give them a specific amount is at FJ's, Pilot's and a few other fuel stations. When that happens, I simply say $600 because I have never put that much fuel in at one time ever so I know it will fill my tank. I have stopped at some places that would let me fill my tank even before going into the store or giving them any CC. The fuel stop in Teslin, British Columbia was one that I remember.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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We have put just around 3000 miles this trip. I have not had a problem at any pump. Most of the time I use PFJ just because of "Pump Start." It only makes me walk in one time. With the prices at the level they are, most fill-ups are $200 or more with a half tank. I have only had to go in a few times and do the pre-pay, and only a few times to leave the CC there, then go back in and retrieve it. That is my PIA. I like pump start.
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if i see a notice on the pump, then one of us goes in and tells em we are going to steal about 100 gallons and then drive off in that long rig, with a big smile and they let it roll
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I send my wife in with my card as I don't like to leave my credit card with the attendant as they can quickly make a copy of the number, the expiration date and the security number on the back. They can use a pencil (like TV commercial) or take a quick cell phone photo of the card. Years ago, I had a gas station attendant wire himself $600 with my number. He was a druggie and easily caught.
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I to don't like to leave my credit card in the store while I fill up. Thought about leaving them a cancelled credit card & after the fill up giving them a valid credit card for the charges. I agree with Richards as it is to easy for foul play to happen when you leave a CC in the store unattended.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #12
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I am seeing station pumps ask for my zip code (billing address) after I swipe and these stations do not cut me off, last week I pumped $258.00 without a problem. So it would appear that there is ways at the pump to make sure you are the owner of the card.
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What I noticed is that when I use an ATM card, the pump wants a PIN, when
using a credit card, the pump wants zip code.
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What I noticed is that when I use an ATM card, the pump wants a PIN, when
using a credit card, the pump wants zip code.
If you provide your PIN for your ATM card or you zip for your credit card do they shut you off at some pre-determined amount or can you pump til you are full? I find by providing this info there appears to be no limit restrictions.
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