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Lowest Gasoline Price: Can You Beat This?

Original post made by Price Sensitive on Mar 20, 2008

With gas prices approaching or exceeding $4.00 per gallon, and expected to go higher this summer, it behoves us to find the lowest gasoline prices in town. In Menlo Park the all time winner appears to be Willow Cove Gas on Willow Road, corner of Coleman Avenue at $3.659/gallon. A close second is Coast Gasoline on El Camino Real, near Safeway at $3.679/gallon. Most of the other stations in Menlo Park appear to be around $3.759/gallon.

Can you beat this? It might be worth driving to Redwood City or Palo Alto to find a lower price. It all adds up and at today's prices, it adds up pretty fast. Here's a challenge, if you are looking for one that might help your fellow drivers.

Comments (5)

Posted by John, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm

The owners of Willow Cove are mean and their colors are meant to make you think it is a Valco.

Coast also has a mean owner and offers a no value-added service.

Mountain View has the cheapest gas year round in my opinion.


Posted by Jim Lewis, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 22, 2008 at 7:48 am

Shopping for the "lowest price" may be fun, but as a practical matter if one saves 10c per gallon on a purchase of 10 gallons, the savings is only one dollar ($1.00). With that in mind, is it worth driving across town, or to the adjacent city, that may run $2.00 in gas and wear and tear just to get there?

Convenience, saving time and customer satisfaction with a gasoline dealer you like and is located near one's home or work in the end may be more important that saving $1.00 at the gas pump. At nearly $4.00 per gallon, maybe what we need in this column are tips, suggestions and ideas on effective ways to "save" gas or improve on "gas mileage", vs. finding a source of cheaper gas.


Posted by Todd Temple, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 22, 2008 at 7:58 am

I have been under the impression that buying gas locally has some tax benefit for the city/community. As painful as it is sometimes to pay the higher prices, I reconcile the additional expense with the idea that it somehow benefits the community. I haven't investigated this, and would be interested to learn if someone has.


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Tips:

Keep tires inflated to recommended psi. Digital meters are around $7 for convenience.

Make sure your air filter is clean. It is very easy to check and replace it and it shouldn't require any tools.

Consolidate errands on one or a few trips.


I would use a bike, but I get hot and in a condition that would not be right for meetings and whatnot.


Posted by Out Smart Them, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

There are several websites that provide the cheapest, least expensive and lowest gas stations in the area. This has the potential of saving enormous amounts of time - and money.

If you want to consider out smarting the oil companies, try out this website. It is www.sanjosegasprices.com. It covers a large area, but you can filter it down to you own community, including Menlo Park.

At 10c/gallon x a once a week fill-up, one can easily save $50 - $100 per year. Using my imagination, that can cover a whole lot of goodies.


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