Gas prices have been on a steep rise in the western part of the United States. According to a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA), residents of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona have had to shed more than $2.50 per gallon. Comparatively, gas prices in the central and eastern parts of the country are about a dollar cheaper. Prices also fluctuate from gas station to gas station. This is why it is essential to locate the cheapest gas stations near you, especially while on a road trip.
About the Creator of GasBuddy
Founded in 1999 by Jason Toews and Dustin Coupa, GasBuddy is a Boston-based company that helps people avoid paying the full price for gas. In the last 21 years, GasBuddy has helped people save more than 4.2 million dollars on gas. Moreover, 900 million people have benefited from using this app. Some even claim to save more than $200 per year on gas.
How Does the GasBuddy App Work?
You can use the GasBuddy app either to find the cheapest gas station around you or save 5 cents on each gallon by using their payment system. To shave 5 cents off each gallon, you do have to apply for a physical payment card known as the “GasBuddy Card”. This card will be linked to your checking account.
To find the best gas prices, you need to enter the location or let the app’s GPS locate you. Next, filter the search results based on price, brand, and amenities (like restroom, cafeteria, and ATM). You can select the cheapest gas station by reading the reviews shared by your fellow GasBuddies. This app is very beneficial for road trips and unfamiliar cities.
Furthermore, the GasBuddy card is accepted at almost all major gas brands across the nation. Although, brands like Costco and Agro may not be included as they have their own payment systems. You can also refer to GasBuddy apps to rate and review a particular gas station after the visit. This helps other GasBuddies pick the right gas station.
What I Like About GasBuddy App
Depending on how much you use your car, you can save anywhere from $50-$200 on gas per month. GasBuddy is very beneficial for those planning a cross country road trip. You are going to save a lot of money if you plan to drive 3000-4000 miles on one go. In addition to this, the app also shows you an accurate rating of each gas station you are about to visit.
What I Don’t Like About GasBuddy App
There is a limit on the amount of gas you can purchase with your GasBuddy app. Currently, GasBuddy offers you a discount for 40 gallons of gas per month. Also, the transaction details are not as transparent as they could be.
GasBuddy is a blessing for someone who cares a lot about customer service. Most often, people like to stop over for coffee, breakfast, or a rest, after filling up the gas tank. You don’t want to get off the highway and only find out upon arrival that the gas station you chose has no restrooms. There are many more things the GasBuddy app lets you known about a gas station.