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Strange Things Motorists Do In Cheap Gas Stations

edited 23 February 2019 at 6:15PM in Funny Money
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  • toomsietoomsie Forumite
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    comeandgo wrote: »
    How do you know the tanks are just half full when they leave? Maybe they were half full when customers arrived at petrol station and they have just topped it up? Also if I have a hire car and it has to go back empty I'm not going to fill it if I don't need to. I have gone into petrol station and just put £8 in.

    Thinking about it, you could be right. The tank could already be full of petrol. But almost everyone has a half-full tank.
  • toomsietoomsie Forumite
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    Anyone else seriously irritated by the "gas" part of this.

    In the UK they are petrol stations, I hope and pray they will never turn into "gas" stations, unless of course we convert all the cars fuel systems to hydrogen!

    Petrol. I did know that. Who thinks about country-specific language even in writing.
  • toomsietoomsie Forumite
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    ceredigion wrote: »
    Yes, and by the term " station wagon".

    That, I didn't know.
  • Enterprise_1701CEnterprise_1701C Forumite
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    So, are you American toomsie?

    Station wagon? That is an estate car.
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  • Mr.GenerousMr.Generous Forumite
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    Have you considered the weight of the fuel? If you just did a few miles a week why would you want to carry a 50 - 60 kg load around? If you had to drive to get fuel it would probably negate any saving, but in a town or city with fuel readily available probably not a bad idea.

    When I worked further from home I used to fill my tank, now I just stick £40 and it lasts about 3 - 4 weeks.

    I do wonder when someone puts £10 in a big SUV or something, I do think they either have no spare cash or have come out without their wallet. (Everyone keeps an emergency £10 in the car obviously!!)
  • toomsietoomsie Forumite
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    Have you considered the weight of the fuel? If you just did a few miles a week why would you want to carry a 50 - 60 kg load around?

    I did a little research on this. The time lost filling up gas isn't worth any financial gain( if I remember was around 30p). Even on minimum wage.
  • toomsietoomsie Forumite
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    So, are you American toomsie?

    Station wagon? That is an estate car.

    Yes. Michigan

    The first car I bought in London was a Landrover from AutoTrader. I typed station wagon into the search and a whole lot of cars turned up.
  • duncanthedogduncanthedog Forumite
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    My dad/owner fills the tank every 600 miles or so and it usually lasts about 3 months.
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    edited 26 February 2019 at 9:16AM
    toomsie wrote: »
    Yes. Michigan

    The first car I bought in London was a Landrover from AutoTrader. I typed station wagon into the search and a whole lot of cars turned up.

    I always thought Autotrader was American based? At least by the name - Autotrader.

    So it would naturally have search protocols that covered American phrases.

    Nice to see you using the British word "cars" though :)
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  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    I only fill up when close to empty and if I know I am about to embark on a long journey that will use it.

    There's nothing more boring than standing there waiting for it to fill up. If I only need £10 or £20 today to get me where I want to be for the next day, week, month, whatever, why fill it up?

    It also reduces the mpg to carry a full tank around. Also, I'd be VERY annoyed if I spent £50-70 to fill it up and it broke down later that day.

    I put some in, then, begrudgingly, go in and put more in when I fear I'm about to run out.

    Some others like to keep it full, or need to due to their weekly mileage. Others need to fill it up, even if it's just a few quid, as they're "returning a car", whether that's a courtesy car, friend/family car, or hire car.
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