Think gas stations are robbing you? You may be more right than you know. No, we’re not talking about the astronomical prices of gas today. We mean that in little ways, some shifty gas stations have nickel and dimed you out of your hard earned cash. If you are curious of what you need to watch out for, then keep reading.
- Meter Jump
Meter jump is when the price of the meter starts or “jumps” before the gas meter. This is one of the most commonly complained about problems because it is the most noticeable. If you type “Meter Jump” into any search engine, many stories of angry customers will show up. Meter jumping has been shown to charge customers anywhere between five and seventy-five cents before the first fumes of gasoline make it through the pump.
- Meter Creep
Meter creep is less noticeable than meter jump. Meter creep occurs when both the price and gas meters are running normally but no gas is pumping. In order to see if meter creep has happened to you, check your car’s gas meter and make sure that you got what you paid for. Meter creep has been shown to cost customers up to $7.00 every time that they fill up.