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Old 05-30-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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Pay With Gasbuddy

I recently signed up for Pay With Gasbuddy. I'm pretty skeptical and cautious about some things, so I thought I'd wait and see if I liked it before posting.

The way it works is it links your checking account to a Gasbuddy Card. You have a driver ID (your pin) which you enter when you swipe the card at the pump. It works at any gas station, but only for fuel purchases.

The first time you fill up you get 15 cents credit per gallon. Then it's 10 cents per gallon off for the introductory period, and finally 5 cents off per gallon permanently. The card is free, and there are no fees.

I just looked at my bank statement and sure enough, they credited me 15 cents per gallon on my first fill up, which was 34 gallons. So that came to $5.10 off on that tank of gas. Not bad for a free program.

I'll also add that the Gasbuddy app has helped me find the lowest gas price in an area several times, which can often mean a price difference of 10 cents per gallon.
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Old 05-31-2018, 12:31 AM   #2
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I just got the Gas Buddy app. I've been watching prices at a couple Shell stations nearby because I have a 4 cents off coupon. I keep seeing 152.9 for regular on Gas Buddy, but when I drive by ( I have a half tank so I don't need to stop ) the price is 158.9.

I have reported the price as 158.9, but when I look later, Gas Buddy says 152.9. This has been going on for almost a week.

I'm about to delete the app for wasting my time. Looks like the same person is reporting prices at numerous stations.
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Old 05-31-2018, 12:33 AM   #3
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Yeah, there have been a few that I've found to be inaccurate. You can use the contact form to report repetitively bad info. I guess it's just the nature of the beast, relying on public reporting.
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Gas tank on my RAV4 is so small that I can't be bothered to drive out of my way to buy 'cheap' gas. I still have close to half a tank, so I'll keep watching. Meantime, I sent an email to Gas Buddy.
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Old 05-31-2018, 12:58 AM   #5
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....I'll also add that the Gasbuddy app has helped me find the lowest gas price in an area several times, which can often mean a price difference of 10 cents per gallon.
how is it for finding diesel, do you happen to know?
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:00 AM   #6
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how is it for finding diesel, do you happen to know?
Same, as far as I know. Although I'm thinking there would be fewer reports and maybe less accuracy?
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Interesting; I had not heard of this, but it isn't in Canada.

It is the first I've heard of someone using debit card payment processing this way, and appears to be based on the lower cost of processing debit transactions rather than credit transactions, for purchases of significant value. But does it really work with the magnetic stripe, rather than the embedde

Of course it won't really work at "any gas station", even in the U.S....
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You can use your Pay with GasBuddy card at 95% of the fuel stations nationwide - some small, local, retailers may not accept the Pay with GasBuddy card. All major fuel retailers accept the Pay with GasBuddy card with the exception of the following brands: Exxon Mobil, BJs, Costco, Sam's Club, H-E-B, Select Walmart stations.
Costco usually saves me CA$0.04/L (about US$0.12/USgal) compared to other stations - double that recently - and only currently takes debit cards and Mastercard in Canada. My usual credit card gets me a greater kickback (I mean, "cash bonus") than the US$0.10/USgal incentive.
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how is it for finding diesel, do you happen to know?
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Same, as far as I know. Although I'm thinking there would be fewer reports and maybe less accuracy?
It probably depends on area - where there are lots of diesel consumers using the app and entering prices, it should be fine. So here, while I can't confirm accuracy, most stations show a reported diesel price (and a few stations don't sell diesel).
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Costco usually saves me CA$0.04/L (about US$0.12/USgal) compared to other stations - double that recently - and only currently takes debit cards and Mastercard in Canada. My usual credit card gets me a greater kickback (I mean, "cash bonus") than the US$0.10/USgal incentive.
As you likely know Brian in the US you can only use Visa cards, however our Capital One Mastercard combined membership card also works in US Costcos. I educated the cashier I had in Minneapolis yesterday who was not aware of this.
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Good point about Costco Brian. In our area the Costco can sometimes be more than 5 cents cheaper than surrounding stations, making the Pay With Gasbuddy card a worse deal. What we often find is that although the Costco is lower, it's further away, and with much longer lines, so the Gasbuddy card fits our situation. Of course, everyone's situation is different.
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