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Premium gasoline selling at a higher premium

GasBuddy Blog -- Motorists with vehicles requiring the use of premium gasoline have likely noticed that the fuel has seen a jump in price against regular over the past few years, and it may continue to get worse.

It's something this author has noted as well, having two vehicles that both require premium- a late model motorcycle requiring at least 92 octane, as well as a turbocharged Mazda, requiring at least 91 octane gasoline. I remember the good days when the gap was less than 20 cents per gallon for premium- meaning premium was less than 20 cents more than regular. Those days seem long over, at least according to GasBuddy data.

While some retailers remain at that magical 20-cent differential that fuels my loyalty to their station, many...


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Submitted May 03, 2013 By: PD
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mdcsgt
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 8:24:55 AM

I remember when there was a 10 cents difference between grades even back before unleaded gasoline. "High Test-93 octane" as it was so often called was always 10 cents higher. LATELY, 89 octane is as much as 30+ cents higher than 87 octane around my area and 91 octane(premium) is another 30+ cents over 89 octane price!! FUNNY, how you don't see 93 octane no more. It's a grade of the past. That's another way you get gouged at the pump. A lot of cars recommend mid to premium grade octane fuel or risk voiding the warranty. Oil companies know what they're doing!!
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installer
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 2:40:00 PM

I would argue folks who drive vehicles needing premium fuel don't feel the cost.
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paulweb
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 12:32:45 PM

We've only had vehicles that require 'regular'.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 5:25:13 PM

shocker... old old "news"
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99dakota
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 10:42:09 AM

I don't buy premium, thus do not care...
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 10:35:39 AM

they set the prices as they choose
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 5:53:24 AM

DeserT: that's what I heard for many years every time I bought a new car. Always was told, in the South, always go for 87 octane.
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BDNNOD
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 2:51:39 AM

Donatelo ... THATS THE TRUTH. SUPPOSE WE BUY THE CHEAPER BLENDS AND USE THE ADDITIVES, THE COSTS WILL GO DOWN SOME ON THE HIGHER-TEST MIXES ???
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DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 4:10:35 PM

There is NO reason to buy either midgrade OR "premium" these days, unless you have a very old engine runiing 10:1 compression with carburetion and no ECU system at all. Otherwise, you're just wasting your money.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 12:53:09 AM

In most cases you can get away with using the mid-grade fuel.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 12:01:48 AM

lol, moredleg. Probably do... but then, I wouldn't know, since I buy the cheapest 87 for mine.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 8:31:02 AM

I hope they feel like they are getting their moneys worth
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 5:10:18 AM

donatelo: good advice.
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 8:17:42 AM

we need just one midgrade gas, that would be easier for refineries and should bring down prices a bit, if you need more octane buy booster.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 8:04:50 AM

vulcan - I totally agree with you!
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priver
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:29:15 PM

my rides better like the cheap stuff...
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BigBlue5
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 12:53:48 PM

Cannot believe there are that many cars and motorcycles out there that need premium. I do not feel sorry for anyone who has to use premium.
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bigrigAZ
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 12:40:29 PM

GREED takes over again. Low Diesel - higher than every thing else.
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mygaz
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 11:47:52 AM

Ban ethanol in gasoline.
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GorillaMN
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 10:38:55 AM

High performance = higher cost to operate.
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BudsterMO
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:48:57 AM

The oil industry has a chocking manopoly on the market and they are taking full advantage of it.
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BudsterMO
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:47:24 AM

The oil industry has a chocking manopoly on the market and they are taking full advantage of it.
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357revo
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:34:34 AM

I've got no sympathy for your situation. You bought the motorcycle and that sports car with its turbocharged 263 hp engine, and knew going in that they required higher octane gasoline for peak performance. So don't complain now that the price of that fuel has gone up relative to "regular" gasoline.

Furthermore, a 20 cent price differential when the average price for regular is 2.50 scales up to a differential of 33 cents when regular is 4.14, and 40 cents when the average for regular is 5.00. Those are the prices on the two graphics accompanying this article. Only the differentials they show are only 17 cents and 30 cents, respectively.

So as I see it, your use of premium fuel is being subsidized by all of us folks with regular gasoline burners.

If you want to complain about something that will help all of us, use your Gas Buddy megaphone to push for the elimination of the mandated ethanol in fuel nonsense that is stealing miles per gallon fuel efficiency from every gasoline user. Those publicized EPA fuel economy figures are compiled using "pure" gasoline, not the crap adulterated with 10% ethanol that I'm forced to buy and that the oil companies are forced to create due to the Federal mandated ethanol usage.
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Point__man
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:20:16 AM

Don't they sell octane boosters to be used with regular E-10 gasoline to alleviate a lot of this problem ?

However, octane isn't the only difference. Shell, for instance advertises that its' premium has many additives for cleaning and preserving your engine as well as boosting the octane level.

Then there are some stations that still sell gasoline w/o Ethanol here where I live and it is usually found in the premium tanks ;)
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:12:18 AM

Repeated ..repeat
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cbrad256
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:06:50 AM

Very few around here are still on the plus 10/20 rule.
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85XJ
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:04:53 AM

Not seeing that here. Glad I don't use premium.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:39:30 AM

Well,well..
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Wilhelm228
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:21:11 AM

Figures, and with my lemon of a car, if I don't use the ultra (93 octane) my cel goes on. And what's worse, because it's a heavier car being all wheel drive, I only get 21- 23 mpg, with mixed highway and local driving. Next car is a jetta diesel. Might cost the same or a bit more than ultra, but with an average mixed mileage of 36 mpg, getting over 1.5x better mileage than I am now, I will still see a savings of 20 bucks or so a week.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:17:29 AM

updated from yesterday
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bighatch65
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:16:25 AM

6 cents a litre more in NL
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chipper777
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 8:10:43 AM

If it keeps going up, I'll just quit buying it.
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42mpg2013Focus
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:51:28 AM

woohoo cheap gas rules~!
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mst150
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:51:28 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:48:23 AM

OK
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Daddio32118
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:45:25 AM

Alrighy then
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titantrucker
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:34:19 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:19:08 AM

Yep!
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tbgasmizer
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 7:12:02 AM

Repost
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ColonelK
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 6:49:15 AM

Answer is to buy a car that does not use Premium.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 3:50:24 AM

ONLY if we pay it
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bston
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 11:17:09 PM

That would be a major factor in not buying a vehicle, if it required premium gasoline.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 10:48:04 PM

Get a car that doesn't need premium
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 8:20:32 PM

gas is too dang high lol
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Drcthru
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 4:46:14 PM

What do you expect? Mine's a JAG
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fenster66
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 3:53:02 PM

people who buy high end cars should be able to afford high end gas....
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HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 10:48:38 AM

If I were buying a car, the requirement that I burn premium would definitely be a deal breaker.
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 9:23:07 AM

Repeat ....
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blupupher
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 9:03:01 AM

Never really paid attention since I don't use it and only enter it at stations that have it posted on their sign.
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gs7101
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 8:01:03 AM

Greed will never cease!
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