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Am I getting hosed by regular at the pump?

The Globe and Mail -- The folks at Shell say you get what was left in the hose from the last time it was used – regardless of the grade involved

“The hose and dispensing nozzle are always full of fuel,” Shell says adding that the residual volume in the hose from the last use depends on the diameter and length of the hose but is commonly about 1/2L

The only time such a small quantity would be of concern would be when filling a very small tank, such as a motorcycle

As long as the premium purchase is more than 10L, the total sale will be “on-spec for octane and meet the 91 AKI”

Weights and Measures Canada, which monitors and inspects pumps, approved the use of “single hose blender pumps” years ago

If this still concerns you, shop around, some stations use separate hoses and dispensing nozzles for high-test


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Submitted Sep 02, 2013 By: Nicoalbum
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 12:03:56 AM

however, if one needs really small quantities, it might be better to fill a bigger container and refuel from it instead of a lot of small fill up trips.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 12:01:00 AM

however, if one needs really small quantities, it might be better to fill a bigger container and refuel from it instead of a lot of small fill up trips.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 8:00:53 AM

one could add additives to the small quantities when purchasing only a liter or two.
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 4:48:04 PM

Only if you get about a gallon at a time. Otherwise any extra octane will be diluted to insignificance.
remay
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 11:41:43 PM

So I might get MORE octane than I pay for when pumping Regular. Woohoo baby!
endymion
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 10:25:24 PM

Diluted to insignificance.
lesndave
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 10:08:40 PM

Hmmmmm
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 7:50:34 PM

If you buy regular, it's a total non-issue.
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:45:47 PM

Not a big deal!
AskMeLater
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:11:49 PM

Sounds like much ado about nothing.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 9:24:57 AM

an issue that does not really exist that affects less then 1% of drivers.
VMIJim
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:57:05 AM

We are getting hosed every day by the Obama Administration if you are paying taxes, working, & paying taxes while everyone else lives on us. The bottom line is Obama has done nothing to control fuel speculation/ prices, reduce our dependence on foreign fuels, or improve our economy. His sole agenda is to cater to his tree hugging, stimulus sucking, union dominated, ultra liberal major contributors. As a result, we continue to be screwed at the pump, with our utilities, & with our taxes. Nothing will change as long as Obama is in office & controls the Senate. 2014 Elections are coming - stop this madness!!
el_fr
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:44:49 AM

Interesting
GAS1251
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:45:07 AM

This is the argument they're using to call for minimum sale of 5 gallons at a time
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:55:57 AM

Something else to worry about - does this mean that we will have more regulations
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:47:32 AM

Good article!! Gives one something to think about. I really do not think it poses a problem. I'm sure we have pumped much more water into the tank than a different grade of fuel.
arinkrat17
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:36:17 AM

I mostly fill up w reg
WhiskersTheCat
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:22:32 AM

I just pump regular, so in actuality I might be benefiting.
yakstar
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:22:17 AM

I'll test this "theory" at the pumps the next time I fill up!
Methodist
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:21:51 AM

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HDROCKIESRIDER
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:20:50 AM

I too thought about this same question when stations switched to one hose for all grades. Just check the pumps and select the one that was last used for premium, if you can find one.
No1ConMan
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:20:37 AM

Never really gave it a thought before now...
livedream
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:19:29 AM

There are plenty of other gas stations that still have separate hoses for each grade of gasoline, if you're willing to shop around. These are usually the local gas stations.

I am personally not too concerned with this, as I don't buy premium anyway.
And I don't buy my gas at Shell, since they are usually the most expensive gas in town.
Panama Red
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:17:11 AM

Like I was really worried about that...
bikechuck
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:16:44 AM

I always use regular anyway.
wally52
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:16:02 AM

The only other way is to straighten out the hose and drain what's left into your tank.
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:15:55 AM

Very interesting and informative; I'm sure this question is on the mind of many a motorist.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:14:14 AM

Ok I know
SteveHawk
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:13:33 AM

so the people that use premium are the ones getting hosed big time paying allot more for there gas where 80% of consumers are using just unleaded regular gas my get a litre of the good stuff at discount if they time it right . I never buy a car that runs on premuim way to much more to pay for the gas . not worth the cost over a lifetime of car .
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:11:34 AM

Yep.
nvwarped
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:11:19 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:10:06 AM

ok
rwm1
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:09:35 AM

Hosed regardless.
LuthierKS
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:09:18 AM

kgbellman got it right.
crmedic
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:08:57 AM

1/2 L per customer per day adds up to a lot of fuel; PROFIT!
jjfisher
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:08:36 AM

We have one car that needs premium, 87 Trans Am, and we haven't had a problem. If it bothers some so much, maybe they can pump at least a half liter into an approved gas container then put the rest in their tank. Or wait for someone to use their grade first.
dlr17
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:07:55 AM

Any time you buy gas, you're getting hosed
LJDJ
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:07:48 AM

ok
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:06:42 AM

Interesting article, but I have a car (not motorcycle) and only buy regular unleaded. Worst case, I get what I paid for - best case, I get marginally better octane depending on how empty my tank was.
Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:05:44 AM

Doesn't sound like it makes sense to me.
JethroGibbsMKE
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:04:11 AM

Quite interesting.
TFzoom
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:03:03 AM

I purchase PREMIUM per manufacturers instructions. When I purchased my car premium gas was regularly a 20 cent up-charge over regular. NOW it's an average of 40 cents up-charge (double what I planned for) AND often 0 cents over with a few being greater than 60 cents. WHY?
silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:00:30 AM

And so is every one else!
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:59:34 AM

Let the buyer beware.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:58:29 AM

It is not a concern to me. Only reg, mid, or premium grades are dispensed at the pumps I use. I use regular.
bolobill
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:58:06 AM

ok
huey715
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:58:02 AM

Ok
J Eric
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:57:57 AM

But I DO fill a motorcycle! Maybe better to look for a station with 3 different hoses one for each grade?
millerin
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:57:03 AM

not bad
FocusFree
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:55:30 AM

Never thought about it, but I always buy regular so am never over charged.
Cableman66
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:53:12 AM

Haven't used a "single hose blender pumps".
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