Tips When Buying Gasoline

Getting What you Pay for at the Pump

• Consider buying off brand gasoline, which most often is identical to what is sold at franchised gas stations.

• Look for the decal indicating that the gasoline pumps have been tested by the Office of Weights and Measures. Pumps are tested annually.

• Make sure the price advertised on street signs and pump signs is the same as the price showing on the pump itself.

• Make sure attendants have reset the pump to zero before filling your tank.

• Make sure that the pump does not report more gasoline than your car can hold.


Paying For Your Gasoline

Pay attention as you pay for your gas. Check that:

• The total number of gallons you received corresponds with the total price you have been charged.

• The price the attendant says you owe matches the total sale price on the pump.

• The number of gallons, the price per gallon, and the total amount of the sale are usually printed on any credit receipts you sign, and remember to always check your receipt against your credit card statement.

•If your car starts "pinging" or "bucking" after you have filled your gas tank (especially with premium), the station may be selling gasoline with a lower octane rating than is stated on the pump.

Whenever possible, watch as the attendant swipes your credit card. Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more common for dishonest attendants to swipe your card more than once, which results in extra charges showing up on your monthly credit card statement. Request a receipt to ensure you're being charged the correct amount.

If you experience problems with any of the above issues, try to resolve the difficulty with the gas station manager or owner. If you cannot resolve the matter to your satisfaction, please contact the Ocean County Division of Weights and Measures at 732-929-2166.

For more information about the State Office of Weights and Measures, log onto www.njconsumeraffairs.com/owm.htm.

 New Jersey Office of Consumer Affairs