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6 Ways to Find Cheaper Gas This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here and many of you are probably enjoying a cold one and getting ready to begin some serious grilling with your family and friends.  However, the day will come to an end and everyone will be hitting the roads to drive back home today so these easy to follow tips will at least save you a few dollars.

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Tips to Finding Cheaper Gas This Memorial Day

While Spring gas prices are already trending higher then usual, these tips will be ever more important if we experience record highs for the 2013 summer.  The hunt for less expensive gas is not, and does not, need to be difficult.  Like most daily activities today, there are apps out there to help.

GasBuddy.com started out as a website that let users report and view fuel prices in their area to help others find cheap gas locally. It now has an app for both iOS and Android devices.

Gregg Laskoski, an analyst for GasBuddy, said the app can help drivers save money.

“A lot of people don’t realize how much of a gap exists just in their local markets,” he said. “In Miami … there was a gap in the lowest priced station and the highest priced station at $1.05 a gallon. In mini-markets, it can be $0.50, $0.60, $0.70 cents per gallon.”

This app will not only save you money, but it turns into a fun game as well as you earn points for entering gas prices in your local market.  Depending how much you drive on annual basis, will clearly determine how much you save with the assistance of an application like GasBuddy, but figure that you will save anywhere between $250 to $300 for every 15,000 miles you drive.

Aside from a helpful app like GasBuddy.com, here are 6 basic money-saving tips to help you determine where, and how, you fill up next.

1. Pay Attention to the Newest Price Reports

Whichever app or website you use to retrieve local gas prices, be sure to pay attention to the age of the information.  For example., postings from 22 hours ago are probably not very reliable whereas information posted 3 hours ago is most likely on the money.

2. Pick a Card, But Not Just Any Credit Card

The credit card you use at the gas station can be the critical difference between saving you money at the local pump or costing you more then you initial thought.

Many stations will charge a surcharge unless [you] use their particular gas card. On the flip side, you can seek out and get a credit card that includes specific perks related to purchasing gasoline. For example, the Chase Freedom credit card can provide you with  5 percent rebate on gas.  But to complicate matters, you better make sure that you are filling up at a gas station that does not have the up-charge when paying with your credit card since the uptick in cost will most likely wipe out your savings.

To put simply, If you are paying with a credit card, you can sometimes be slapped with an extra fee at the pump so pay attention.

3. Location, Location, Location

Gasoline stations near the highway can be a win if there is more than one major truck or travel stop or a loss if there is only one station and it is small in size.  Also, in areas like NJ, Sunoco has contracts with the Turnpike Authority to provide fuel services on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, but under the terms of the agreement, those specific gas stations may only change their prices weekly, prior to 7 am on Fridays.

4. Keep an Eye on Those Truck Stops

Truck stops are a good indicator to see if the price of gas will go up because they sell ample amounts of gas very quickly.  Hence, truck stops are constantly receiving new loads of gasoline and that means that truck stop owners are paying the most-up-to-date prices for gasoline.  You can use this tip in conjunction with the previous fuel saving tidbit to determine whether or not you should fill your vehicle up in NJ before or after the weekly price change.

5. Fill Up in an Area With Many Gas Stations

This is really just common sense since competition will typically keep prices lower.

6. Fill Up Near State Lines

Filling up near state lines will save you money. States are more competitive because of any difference in taxes. For example, the combined tax in Illinois is nearly $0.61 per gallon, where Missouri is $0.36 per gallon.  This holds a lot of weight if you travel the roads in the Northeast or the Mid-Atlantic since a typical road trip often involves crossing multiple state lines.

Be sure to take a moment of silence to remember the brave service men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Have fun cooking, attending parades, swimming in the ocean, camping in the mountains or just relaxing this Memorial Day and from everyone at Windsor Nissan, please drive safe…and save some money at the gas pumps!!!

Nissan LEAF Orders Already Above Capacitp

In just a few short days Nissan has already received over 13,000 orders for its 2011 LEAF!

2011 Nissan LEAF

2011 Nissan LEAF

This is both a wonderful and scary idea for Nissan. On the one hand, it is a huge honor & blessing that over 13,000 people want a Nissan LEAF, but on the other hand Nissan does not have the production capacity for that many new vehicles. It only anticipated that under 12,000 vehicles would be produced by the December delivery date, and now that the 13,000 have already been ordered, Nissan is well over that prediction.

Nissan Production Plant

Nissan Assembly Line

So, in order to make sure that all of the people who want a LEAF, get a LEAF in a timely manner, Nissan is looking into adding production capacity. I will keep you updated with more information on this as I hear more!

GM Opens New Design Studio!

General Motors has opened a new design studio in Seoul, South Korea, this past Wednesday, April 20, 2010. This will be GM’s tenth global design studio, to date, and will be responsible for creating mini and small vehicles to be sold around the world. There will be over thirty designers at the Seoul Advanced Design studio working diligently to create new concept vehicles for GM world-wide.

As time goes by, I believe that this design studio will become a crucial part of GM as the United States, and the World, enforces more strict fuel-efficiency and emissions standards. Soon, more and more people will be driving mini or small vehicles in order to comply with fuel-efficiency and emissions standards, and this GM design studio will be one of the major players contributing to the designs of those vehicles.

Congress approves $2B for cash for clunkers program

The congress on Friday on a unanimous vote passed the popular “Cash for clunkers” program by infusing two million dollars to keep alive the popular program which has been running out of funds. In a quick response within hours, Obama administration approved it when they came to know from Transportation secretary, Ray Lahood.

According to President Obama, “ I was encouraged by the house action to keep alive the program which was  very successful beyond our expectations”. The senate is also ensuring the program wouldn’t be affected by shortage of funds.

The program called the Car Allowance Rebate System, aka CARS was designed to boost the auto industry and increase the car sales. Car drivers can get federal subsidies in terms of electronic vouchers up to $4,500 to trade in old cars for new cars which give better mileage.

The funds for the program would be met by economic stimulus bill which was sanctioned earlier. Some dealers complain continuous rejections and have to be satisfied with chaotic clunker program. The program which was launched officially last week with one million dollar budget has been heavily publicized by government and automakers

There had been a $1 billion budget for rebates for new car sales in the program that was officially launched last week and has been heavily publicized by government and automakers, and the program was short of funds in the first week itself.

It is still very vague how many cars have been sold under this program and congress has asked the transportation department on the program progress to determine the future plan. The government assured the consumers that the program would run and be alive and encouraged buyers to buy new cars this weekend

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