Filling up with fuel is more expensive than ever, which has led many consumers to choose to go to low-cost gas stations, where the price per liter can be 15-20 cents cheaper. Not all petrol stations have the same prices and that is why today more than ever it is necessary to find a way to save as much as possible. Here are some tools to find the cheapest gas station near you.
Using Google Maps
The easiest trick is to use Google Maps. When you open the app on your smartphone, you will see the "Gas Stations" option. If it is not present, press the "More" button and it will appear. Once clicked, you will be able to see, depending on your location, the nearest gas stations with updated prices. The price shown is that of 95 unleaded gasoline, but if you need to know the cost of another fuel, you can also do so by clicking on each establishment.
Using a smartphone app
Gasoline & Co
Besides Google Maps, there are other options. Essence & Co is a mobile application through which you can locate gas stations based on prices, fuel, promotions and even routes. Also, you can save your favorite gas stations or the ones near you so you can check the updated price at any time. As a curiosity, the application allows you to configure the fuel consumption and tank capacity of your vehicle.
In addition, the application allows you to record your fill-ups and track your fuel consumption and thus anticipate your budget. On the online store, additional services are also offered, such as ordering the gray card or the liber-t badge: an additional tip for saving on tolls.
Similarly, there's also the Gasoil Now app, which helps locate gas stations with the best prices for all fuel types, including B and C diesel, biodiesel, bioethanol, LPG and CNG. It's free to download and use, but subscriptions are available for those who want to support the app. The paid version (0.99 €) offers the display in landscape mode as well as a selection of the search level.
By indicating the fuel used as well as the capacity of your tank, the application can even calculate the savings made. It is also possible to associate Gasoil Now with Google Maps to calculate a route and display all the petrol stations along the route.
How can cheap gas affect your vehicle?
The price difference between gas stations is usually between 15 and 20 cents per litre. In reality, the fuel is always the same because the regulations require it.What changes are the additives that are added In traditional service stations, chemicals are added to improve combustion efficiency and long-term engine performance, as they add products that increase lubricity . At the same time, this reduces the fuel consumption of the vehicle and therefore generates fewer emissions. In short, cheap fuel is the same thing, but without so many extras. If it doesn't affect your vehicle in the short term, it might affect it in the long term.
In addition, the low prices of low cost gas stations are also explained by the fact that they reduce operating costs. First of all, most of them don't have great infrastructure and tend to be in less central locations, which means they pay lower rents. Also, they tend to have few or no employees.