Who buys gas from Shell, Chevron, etc?

Jan 24, 2018 49 Comments

I buy my gas from Costco mostly, or Arco if I need gas and no Costco nearby.

I drive by Shell and Chevron and see the ridiculous price they charge for gas and I'm always amazed that they even have customers.

Yeah this is a tech forum and we could all afford to pay triple for gas and not change our lifestyles, but why overpay?

And many of those people lining up to over pay must not be rolling in tech comp.

What gives?

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TOP 49 Comments
  • Google YTBs33
    Some people value their free time and donโ€™t want to spend 15 mins to save $5 a tank. I look at Costco people and I see a lot of broke people and people who canโ€™t do basic math on the value of time.
    Jan 24, 2018 2
    • I typically wait no more than 2min at Costco and I fill up on weekends. If it's a holiday weekend sure. Otherwise I don't find there are long lines. If there are, there's Arco.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • PayPal hdi644f
      Exactly. How can you even plan for just fueling your car? Save 5$ a month .. and compensate for a coffee you buy ? I'm sure a lot of people would hesitate to pay 3$ for an app on play store.
      Jan 24, 2018
  • Because I pay for convenience. I'm not going to go out of my way to buy gas.
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Intel bikini
    I heard Arco gas is horrible for your car and would do damage.
    Jan 24, 2018 8
    • Microsoft not4me
      don't need to, be a good amazonian and provide the data
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Microsoft Hellioli
      Arco is bp
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Arco gas has been recommended by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc, for use in their cars. That's what "top tier" certification means.

      Guess those auto engineers at Audi and BMW are clueless and don't know what's good for their cars.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft allright
      Appears that way, doesn't it?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Intel bksbitch
      Its a conspiracy. They want you to use shitty gas so that turnover rate is high
      Jul 19, 2018
  • All gas stations in US have to pass a minimum quality test. Just because Arco is cheap does not mean it is shit. Whatโ€™s the guarantee that paying higher for gas at Chevron gets you better gas? I think Gas is a commodity. Always buy the cheapest one !
    Jan 24, 2018 8
    • And?
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Adobe / Eng x12fg7sR
      So instead of buying a $5 bottle of injector cleaner and adding it manuallu, you get it pre-mixed with your gas. To me that's worth a but of a premium price.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • You don't need the injector cleaner, Arco and Costco include similar detergents in their gas. You're spending extra for nothing.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Adobe / Eng x12fg7sR
      Google research does not seem to confirm that.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Funny, Audi recommends Arco gas for its cars. I guess those car engineers at Audi are dummies.

      (Arco gas is certified Top Tier, a designation developed by Audi and a few others to indicate which gasoline is recommended for their vehicles.)
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Informatica / Eng Infastar
    Those who don't want to wait for 15 mins in line or those who need to fill gas after 9pm will avoid Costco. Arco is shit. If you drive an early 00's Corolla it might not make a difference. But for performance cars it makes sense to put Shell or Chevron. Also the 5-10 cents saved can be earned as reward points or cash back at other gas stations as Arco won't accept credit cards and charge fee for debit cards.
    Jan 24, 2018 2
    • Google / Eng ungoogley
      For "performance cars". Do enlighten us on how this fuel isn't good enough..
      Jan 24, 2018
    • It makes no difference for performance cars. That was true in the 1970s. Since then regulations have standardized gas and it makes no difference at all.
      Jan 24, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng peppa
    Costco gas caused havoc to my Audi. Never again. Chevron/ Shell only for my Audi.
    Jan 24, 2018 6
    • Apple FebN52
      Youโ€™re so confident about that, but something tells me you donโ€™t actually know that for a fact. Youโ€™re making a lot of assumptions that just because there are โ€œregulationsโ€, things are in fact the same.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • I know that for a fact
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Audiโ€™s get fucked up no matter which gas you put in. A bad works man blames his tools!
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Adobe / Eng x12fg7sR
      Chevron adds techron, so you don't have to worry about adding the injector cleaning fluid yourself. That convenience is worth the premium price to me.
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Arco and Costco have similar detergents in their fuel. No differences there.
      Jan 24, 2018
  • Google Catch22
    Is Valero any good?
    Jan 24, 2018 2
    • Microsoft win95
      You work at Google and don't have money for decent gas for your beemer?
      Jan 24, 2018
    • Google Catch22
      ๐Ÿ˜ฑ How do you know I have a bimmer?
      Jan 24, 2018
  • Twitter YUAk61
    Generally the crappy brands buy old stale gas from the better brands. With Shell, BP, etc you're paying for fresher gas. Gasoline is not a particularly stable blend of hydrocarbons - there's a tendency for certain components to congeal or leave residues. Additionally, older gas doesn't burn as well and can lose it's anti-knock capabilities (remember your gas laws?as a gas is compressed, temperature increases - if this causes the gas to ignite before the spark plugs fires, you get a "knock" sound which robs performance and wears bearings, rods, etc).

    Think about the lawnmower or pressure blaster that sat all year with gas in the tank. How hard is it to start (or does it start at all?) Does it run smoothly or is it coughing and sputtering?

    That all said, you're probably fine burning the cheap stuff. My recommendation is to throw some fuel injector cleaner in at every oil change to help clean the varnishing on your valves and intake manifold.
    Myself, I make enough money that I really couldn't give two shits about an extra 15-20 cents a gallon and I'd rather treat my engine with the cleanest fuel I can buy.
    Jan 24, 2018 1
  • If you have to fill up at Costco pick the smart times. Early mornings or late evenings. Don't wait in the line like a lamb
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng kfbuf
    I rarely have to wait in line. It's on my way to and from work. The savings is 50-60 cents per gallon. (Costco)

    With Costco, I never bother with Arco.

    I have kids and Costco makes sense for us.
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Oath / Eng L12
    Use one of those apps that delivers gas. No wait time.
    Jan 24, 2018 0
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    Iโ€™m using booster these days
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Amazon Promise()
    I used to fill up at shell because it was conveniently located. But now I got a Costco membership and the gas savings alone pay for the membership and more.
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • WalmartLabs / Product
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    Itโ€™s super convenient
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Cisco
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    I donโ€™t get Costco gas because I donโ€™t have a membership. I donโ€™t want to get a membership because, being single with my lifestyle shopping at Costco makes no sense. And the long lines at both Costco checkout and gas fill up lines.
    Jan 24, 2018 0
  • Chevron Corporation Kecx15
    Costco gas is chevron
    Jul 19, 2018 1
    • Amazon djsjsjsj
      could you please elaborate their differences? I mean if it is from chevron theb are they the same? Thks
      Jan 1
  • ZapLabs / Product
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    The point is that by buying gas at Costco, you essentially pay for the membership annually, and if you fill up tuesday/wednesday evenings, there is no time wasted in Long queues..
    Jan 24, 2018 1
    • Especially if you use their credit card and get another 4% back on their already low price, and I only rarely see long lines, even on weekends. If it's a long line and I can't wait I go to Arco. That happened maybe three times last year.
      Jan 24, 2018
  • Apple Stephaniec
    Look up Rotten Robbie has stations. They have the cheapes gas and no wait like Costco. I refuse to waste 30-40 minutes getting fucking gas from Costco lol life has enough bs already
    Jan 25, 2018 0