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    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 23rd Feb 19, 4:11 PM
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    Strange Things Motorists Do In Cheap Gas Stations
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 4:11 PM
    Strange Things Motorists Do In Cheap Gas Stations 23rd Feb 19 at 4:11 PM
    Down Crystal Palace in Sainsburys Gas Station at the weekend. I have noticed something interesting. This was brought to my attention by a neighbour who also does this. Actually, I was very surprised that your average poor person does this, let alone someone who owns luxury or sports cars like Mercs, BMWs and Landrover SUVs.

    Fill up their tank half full of gas. They either do this because it feels like they are not spending much or they actually don't have money at that time.

    I am working class with a Ford Focus MK2 station wagon 1.6. I only do this when I am using an expensive gas station.
    Last edited by toomsie; 23-02-2019 at 4:15 PM.
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    • ceredigion
    • By ceredigion 23rd Feb 19, 4:17 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 4:17 PM
    Gas is one of the four fundamental states of matter (the others being solid, liquid, and plasma)
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 23rd Feb 19, 4:23 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 4:23 PM
    Gas is one of the four fundamental states of matter (the others being solid, liquid, and plasma)
    Originally posted by ceredigion
    I would say liquid then buddy.
    • pramsay13
    • By pramsay13 23rd Feb 19, 5:18 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 5:18 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 5:18 PM
    Do you mean it is strange that people don't fill up completely with petrol?

    I know people who don't and I think it is to do with not wanting to spend 50 - 100 in one go and then run the risk of having the car stolen or crashing and losing that.

    Anyway I don't particularly care what people do or don't do in cheap petrol stations.
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 23rd Feb 19, 7:55 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 7:55 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 7:55 PM
    We have cheap gas stations here...?
    • decbel
    • By decbel 23rd Feb 19, 7:58 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 7:58 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 19, 7:58 PM
    Can't put a fivers worth in anymore.

    Simply won't get you anywhere.
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 24th Feb 19, 4:23 AM
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    • 24th Feb 19, 4:23 AM
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    • 24th Feb 19, 4:23 AM
    anyway I don't particularly care what people do or don't do in cheap petrol stations.
    Originally posted by pramsay13
    It's not so much about car fuel, but about human psychology.
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 24th Feb 19, 8:40 AM
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    • 24th Feb 19, 8:40 AM
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    • 24th Feb 19, 8:40 AM
    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!
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • ceredigion
    • By ceredigion 24th Feb 19, 8:46 AM
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    Anyone else seriously irritated by the "gas" part of this.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    Yes, and by the term " station wagon".
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 24th Feb 19, 9:00 AM
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    Yes, and by the term " station wagon".
    Originally posted by ceredigion
    I have concluded the OP must be American!
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 24th Feb 19, 9:06 AM
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    Down Crystal Palace in Sainsburys Gas Station at the weekend. I have noticed something interesting. This was brought to my attention by a neighbour who also does this. Actually, I was very surprised that your average poor person does this, let alone someone who owns luxury or sports cars like Mercs, BMWs and Landrover SUVs.

    Fill up their tank half full of gas. They either do this because it feels like they are not spending much or they actually don't have money at that time.

    I am working class with a Ford Focus MK2 station wagon 1.6. I only do this when I am using an expensive gas station.
    Originally posted by toomsie
    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.
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 25th Feb 19, 6:21 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by comeandgo
    Thinking about it, you could be right. The tank could already be full of petrol. But almost everyone has a half-full tank.
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 25th Feb 19, 6:30 AM
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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!
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    Petrol. I did know that. Who thinks about country-specific language even in writing.
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 25th Feb 19, 6:35 AM
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    Yes, and by the term " station wagon".
    Originally posted by ceredigion
    That, I didn't know.
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 25th Feb 19, 7:31 AM
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    So, are you American toomsie?

    Station wagon? That is an estate car.
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 25th Feb 19, 8:01 AM
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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!!)
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 26th Feb 19, 5:53 AM
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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?
    Originally posted by Mr.Generous
    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.
    • toomsie
    • By toomsie 26th Feb 19, 6:01 AM
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    So, are you American toomsie?

    Station wagon? That is an estate car.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    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.
    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 26th Feb 19, 6:14 AM
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    My dad/owner fills the tank every 600 miles or so and it usually lasts about 3 months.
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 26th Feb 19, 7:14 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by toomsie
    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
    Last edited by Enterprise 1701C; 26-02-2019 at 7:16 AM.
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