Finding Cheap Gas Prices Near You

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - March 8, 2022

Record-high gas prices have drivers scrambling for ways to save money at the pump. Fortunately, there are some ways to find cheap gas prices near you. While there can be pros and cons to some of these strategies, there may be fewer choices available as we enter a period of extreme volatility in gas prices.

1. Use Google Maps - Smartphone apps like Google Maps can help save you time and money with updated gas prices at stations near you. Simply type in "gas prices," and you should see recent fuel prices for regular, mid-grade, and premium gas at stations near you. Waze and other apps offer similar features.

2. Warehouse pricing - Costco has been praised for offering its members special pricing on gas for years. At the time of this writing, the cost for a gallon of regular gas here in Los Angeles was $4.94, according to GasBuddy.com. At local off-brand gas stations, the cost is now $5.30, a difference of $0.36 per gallon.

3. Find off-brand gas - If you're used to filling up with the same brand of gas, consider trying a brand that doesn't advertise as much and can offer lower prices as a result. Look for so-called "Top Tier" gasoline, which contains detergent additives that can help extend the life of your engine, according to Consumer Reports.

4. Look for a cash discount - In some parts of the country, gas stations may advertise a "cash price" for gas that reflects a lower transaction price that excludes credit card processing fees. It may not be as convenient as swiping your credit card, but the difference could save you up to $0.10 a gallon as a result.

5. Credit card rebates - If you can't escape the recent spike in gas prices, you may be able to offset them with a credit card rebate. For example, the Citi Custom Cash Card offers up to 5% cashback per billing cycle up to $500. There's no annual fee, and the potential savings could make sense for some drivers.

If you're driving a gas-guzzler and are looking to upgrade, EV, plug-ins, and hybrids can have incentives you can't get on a regular vehicle. For example, many plug-in cars qualify for a federal EV tax credit as well as state & local rebates. As a result, buying a plug-in may be a good idea if you're ready to upgrade.

More brands now offer gas, hybrid, and PHEV versions of their vehicles. For example, the Hyundai Tucson offers a choice between all three types, with the most efficient one an 80 MPGe plug-in capable of 33 miles in EV mode. Even the Ford F-150 offers an optional PowerBoost Hybrid with impressive specs.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing expert, Alex offers must-know analyses of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, and more.

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