Fighting the Pump with Intelligence

May 4th, 2011 by

fight the pumpWe are always asking the same questions: Why do gas prices fluctuate so much? Where is the cheapest gas in town?  What Chevrolet should I buy to maximize my fuel savings?  How do I get the most out of my tank of gas?  I have found some great answers to all of our questions.

The equation is simple for gas prices:  crude oil + refining process + retail sales/distribution + taxes = gas prices.  Crude oil is 69%, refining is 6%, sales 10%, and taxes 15%.  Crude oil is obviously price out by the barrel.  Some factors that have increased the price of a barrel of oil: China’s demand is up 6.7 %, the drilling to get to the oil is getting tougher,  quality of the oil is going down, and the volatility in Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq cost us about $10 per barrel.  So the next time some one asks you why gas prices have gone up, you have a real answer.

McCluskey Chevrolet has 7 models with 30 mpg or better on the highway.  Here is our list of our most fuel efficient rides: Volt, Cruze, Aveo, Malibu, Equinox, HHR, and Camaro.  Yes, Equinox and Camaro.

Here are 5 gas saving tips to use to maximize your $$  at the pump:

1. Fuel grade, don’t fall for the premium pitch, stick with regular gas.

2. Idling wastes gas, turn your engine off, every second saves.

3. Fill up your tank on Wednesday evenings.

4. Routine service at McCluskey Chevrolet is money you save, not money you spend.

5. Keep your eyes and ears open for the “spotters”, people who are always looking for the cheapest gas and reporting their findings to the public.  You could also go to to get the cheapest gas locations in town.

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