Gas gauging vs. price gauging

October 15th, 2012 at 4:13 pm by under 22News I Team

We’ve all been there. You pull up to the gas station and rolled our eyes at how much we’re now paying for gas these days!

Something I thought would be helpful is how you can tell if you’re falling victim to gas gauging or price gauging. There is a difference!

22News I-Team Reporter Ryan Walsh recently went around with state inspectors who were looking into the different gas stations in Western Massachusetts. Something he learned was what you can be doing as you fill up your car to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

First of all, price gauging is when one station is charging a significantly higher price then the other gas stations in the area. It’s hard to define specifically, but if one station is paying 2 or 3 times more than the others that’s something you should be reporting!

Now, for gas gauging. This is when you are paying more for gas then the advertised price. So, when you pull into the gas station, take a look at the price on the sign, the price above the gas tank AND the computer readout that you are actually getting charged. If these prices do not all match, it should be reported inside the gas station as well as to the state.

You can find the number to report this to by looking at the chart near the pump.

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