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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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lostsoul
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 7:14:33 AM

Octane costs money.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 6:33:45 AM

Great
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Raider44
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 12:29:15 AM

on a percentage basis, probably not.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 1:06:04 AM

Time will tell...
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:31:53 AM

Noooo! kidding.
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 11:45:02 PM

Hmm..
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 12:09:31 AM

Q
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 12:08:18 AM

Hi
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 11:23:01 AM

When I was young, regular sold at 28.9¢ and premium was at 32.9¢. Now we're seeing in some spots a 40¢ differential. That's really terrible isn't it? Actually, no it isn't.

Look at the math. When I was young, premium commanded about a 14% higher price. Today the national average price for regular is $3.699. If we apply the 40¢ increase for premium then it costs 10.8% more.

So what's the big deal? Nothing. What I'm seeing is more groaning and moaning over NOTHING.
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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 4:53:18 PM

got that right
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Raider44
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 6:47:51 AM

like the idea ConMan.
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No1ConMan
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 1:31:49 PM

Search hard enough and you can still find a non-ethanol fuel in your area, I would like to see a GasBuddy list of these stations in every area!!!
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 9:25:36 AM

I will need it when I get my new Vette with 625 HP

Thanks it was not Old News to me. An OK or Old News should not be
accepted for a quick way to get points.

[Edited by: Tommyguns45 at 5/28/2014 9:27:30 AM EST]
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Hitnmiss
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 5:54:20 PM

Having a turbo charger we need higher grade.
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JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: May 25, 2014 9:34:24 AM

Best option here is to avoid premium and buy non ethanol fuel if you have it in your area.
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 25, 2014 12:05:12 AM

Old news
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: May 24, 2014 1:14:24 AM

The best costs more.
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 22, 2014 12:18:15 AM

old article.
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cv
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 6:24:12 AM

Yes, right now in my area it is higher than diesel.
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Message Posted: May 18, 2014 6:39:10 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 6:26:45 AM

Don't need it
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 12:08:31 AM

old article.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: May 16, 2014 1:12:44 AM

something is wrong here?
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 6:38:23 AM

in percentage change, the difference is negligible.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 2:21:32 PM

glad this doesn't concern me
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Message Posted: May 7, 2014 12:53:16 AM

Not much change in premium prices here
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Message Posted: May 7, 2014 12:44:17 AM

$0.30-$0.45 more per gallon than regular fuel here.
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Message Posted: May 6, 2014 3:23:50 AM

okay
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 8:48:02 PM

never bought anything but regular
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 8:25:00 AM

Just a higher percentage of ethanol which is cheaper for the wholesaler to mix. Just plain stealing.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 6:49:22 AM

Get what you pay for
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bevmill
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 10:54:48 PM

Glad I don't own a car that requires premium gas.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 5:30:20 PM

Hasn't 'Premium' gas always been more expensive than regular, the same as diesel used to be cheaper?
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 9:29:51 AM

try to avoid premium - used to use it once in a while.. no more
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 5:25:20 AM

Never buy a car that needs premium gas.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:52:27 AM

I've avoided the Acura models because of the premium fuel requirement, sticking with my Honda.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:30:13 PM

Ok, now what. Revolution
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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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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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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 12:32:45 PM

We've only had vehicles that require 'regular'.
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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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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 10:35:39 AM

they set the prices as they choose
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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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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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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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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 5:10:18 AM

donatelo: good advice.
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