A gas station in the northern California town of Mendocino is reportedly charging nearly $10 a gallon, making it the most expensive gas station in the country as fuel prices continue to soar across the country. the country.
$9.45/gallon! Thanks to Matthew for this photo of the Chevron in Mendocino, CA – the most expensive station in the country and the highest price we’ve recorded. That’s over $3/gal more than the California average and is a definite outlier. #gasprices pic.twitter.com/7AUuxDLCGI
— Patrick De Haan ⛽️📊 (@GasBuddyGuy) June 1, 2022
As local ABC affiliate KFSN-30 in Fresno, California reported:
Schlafer’s Auto Repair sells regular gasoline for $9.60 a gallon.
But that’s not the worst part, if your car needs more, you’ll have to shell out $9.69 and if you need supreme, well, be prepared to pay $9.91 for just a gallon of gas.
According to GasBuddy, it is the most expensive gas in the country.
That’s well above the state average of $6,371 as of Tuesday, which is the highest in the nation; nationally, the average is $4,919, according to the American Automobile Association.
There are several reasons for the high price – such as the fact that Mendocino is quite remote and California as a whole pays higher prices due to high taxes and a relative lack of refineries.
Owner Judith Schlafer further explained to SFGate.com:
Running a small-town, independent gas station is “a really tough business,” Schlafer said. Because she buys in relatively small quantities compared to high-volume stations around town or places like Costco and Safeway, the price she pays, she says, has “skyrocketed.” For years, she says, she owed up to $80,000 for the Chevron gas she bought. “I said, ‘I can’t go on like this.’ Now she sets the price to pay for a truck in 10 days.
Another contributing factor to the high costs, she says, is the fact that her station only sells gas and offers basic maintenance, such as windshield wiper replacements and brake light repairs. Other stations, she notes, have convenience stores. “It’s really hard here to stay in business,” Schlafer said. “I don’t have a convenience store to mark food and trinkets.” At one point, she says, she was offered the option of joining a convenience store at the station, but it would have cost $100,000. She didn’t have it, she said.
She said she was surprised that her gas station was the most expensive in the country and said she could not afford to lower its price.
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