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Lou Schneider

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Today I drove from Pahrump, NV to Needles, CA to get some paperwork done at their friendly DMV office.

I filled up in Pahrump for $2.219 per gallon (regular).  Las Vegas gas prices ranged from $2.31 to $2.59 per gallon.  I passed them by.

Arriving in Needles, Shell, Mobil and Chevron wanted $3.799 per gallon.

I did my business at the DMV, then headed north across the river into Arizona on US 95.

A half mile north of the bridge was a Mobil station at $2.799 per gallon ... a full buck a gallon less than on the CA side of the river.

Another half mile north was an Arco selling regular for $2.049.  I stuffed both the motorhome's and the toad's tanks.   ;D  ;D
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 08:39:29 PM »
And if you think gas is expensive in Needles buy some water in the summer time in Needles. It is more expensive than gas :o
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 08:41:42 PM »
It doesn't help that California has very high gas taxes...as are the vehicle registration fees.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 09:00:08 PM »
Needles has ALWAYS been the gas ripoff capital, and not because of California's gas tax but just because they can get away with it. Tires and auto repairs in Needles are also ripoffs.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 09:11:48 PM »
And Gov. Brown wants a .17 per gallon increase in the gas tax.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 12:07:03 AM »
as are the vehicle registration fees.

I thought so too, until I checked the registration fees in Nevada!!  OMG, I nearly fainted!
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 12:59:09 AM »
Needles has ALWAYS been the gas ripoff capital, and not because of California's gas tax but just because they can get away with it. Tires and auto repairs in Needles are also ripoffs.

I agree. There is a station on the east exit that try's to tell you your tires are bad. 

The gas has always been sky high in that area.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 06:48:59 AM »
We drove there on a day trip out of Quartzsite last month. Diesel prices were above $3.79 at one place, and over $4.00 at another! Like the others, we crossed the border and prices got reasonable. I did note Needles was significantly more than the other California border towns we went to, so I guess they just have their audience dialed in. They couldn't keep such prices if people didn't buy at them.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 04:57:59 PM »
Just left there.  Gas is always cheaper just across the river.

We saw an independent station on Tribal land, AZ side of the river, at $1.97 for unleaded.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 07:45:02 PM »
And Gov. Brown wants a .17 per gallon increase in the gas tax.
as I understand he got it.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 07:59:17 PM »
Quote from: Wendy
Needles has ALWAYS been the gas ripoff capital, and not because of California's gas tax but just because they can get away with it.

Lou previously explained that Needles was the furthest stop in CA for gas deliveries, and thus the high prices.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 08:33:08 PM »
Lou previously explained that Needles was the furthest stop in CA for gas deliveries, and thus the high prices.


Hmmm, don't see that in this thread. But my post was partly about the high gas prices in Needles not being caused solely by California taxes. And Needles isn't far enough at the end of the gas supply line to account for $1+ per gallon more than, say, Blythe. Needles has just always been much much higher for gas than anywhere else, as long as I can remember, going back to the early 70s.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2017, 08:38:45 PM »
Supply and demand at work.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2017, 09:49:20 PM »
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Hmmm, don't see that in this thread.

Didn't say it was in this topic  ;)
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 06:56:48 AM »
I always check Gasbuddy.com before buying fuel and then don't worry why one place is higher than the other.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2017, 07:06:09 AM »
Why don't people get together and boycott the stations in Needles. Are the stations in Arizona close enough to do this?
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2017, 07:17:06 AM »
    I just checked the prices on one of our gas stations, it happens to be in the area where many of the rental cars are returned. Many tourists do their last fill up there before returning their cars and never notice that the price for regular gas is ...$4.59/gal while the price of fuel near my house is $2.13 at WAWA
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2017, 10:32:05 AM »
I always check Gasbuddy.com before buying fuel and then don't worry why one place is higher than the other.

I have the Gasbuddy app on my phone and use it regularly, even locally. It's pretty eye opening sometimes the difference a few miles can make.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2017, 02:44:12 PM »
Come on up to Canada it twice as much.
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2017, 06:31:25 PM »
Come on up to Canada it twice as much.


why is that?
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Re: Needles, CA gas prices ... What a difference a couple of miles makes!
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2017, 09:47:39 AM »
It is true that gasoline can cost more up here but... it can be confusing when trying to compare prices.

Fuel is sold by the liter and not the US gallon, (1 US Gallon is about 3.78 liters). There is a difference in the $ exchange rate which changes all the time, currently $1.00 US costs us $1.325 Canadian.  The price per liter for gasoline changes almost daily, not unlike many places in the US. Diesel, on the other hand, often costs slightly less than gasoline, at least recently here in Montreal. Taxes vary a lot between the various Provinces contributing to the price/liter differences. Currently in Montreal, gasoline prices are running between $1.14 to $1.20 per liter but has been up to $1.25 in recent weeks.

After all that: at $1.14 /liter,  1 US Gallon is costing about $3.28US
                    at $1.20/liter                   "                         $3.45US (in Montreal and if my math holds up!!!)
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