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Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Time to fill up again (I love this twice a month fill up schedule!), so I checked the trip assist fuel finder app.

Most diesel here right now is $3.95-$3.99.

One place is $3.56.

The one place is a kwik-mart and I didn't even know they HAD diesel till it popped up on the list. With that price, I can tell they haven't refilled for a while.

Which way would you guys go - high volume station with much higher price? Or save nearly .50 a gallon?
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

In the winter I try to stick with the higher volume stations especially when the average temp is below freezing. I have found that you need to be careful with those apps that find gas prices. They are often wrong and especially when one station is so much lower it almost always is an error. Of course that price could be fore offroad fuel which in PA is becoming more common because of all the construction going on related to the gas fields where they do not have to pay tax on fuel.

You also need to check the stations out because a lot of time the diesel pump is set up fro trucks where you could not pump it into your vehicle and often it is way in the back and is an old style pump so you have to pay inside the station instead of swiping your card. Probably a good idea to check stations out that are in the areas you travel. The JGC has a great range but sometimes we all get lazy and find that we need fuel really quick. It is nice to know which stations are worth stopping at. I have had problems in the past where it sometimes to several stops before I found a station that I could use. Diesel vehicles are becoming more common so there are a lot more stations around especially in areas with higher populations.

But in winter I would stick with the more heavily used stations.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

If a station around here were selling it for $3.56 it would be the most popular diesel stop in 100 miles.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

As a Diesel driver for 9 years now, I have found that it is best to stay away from the low-volume stations whenever possible. A gunked-up fuel filter really messes with your mojo.

Pay a little more for fuel you know is new and clean!
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

I am defaulting with pricier diesel to ensure it is winter blend and fresh...I would rather spend .20 extra per gallon and know it will run then chance it for the total of $3.00 or so.

Last I recall fuel filters are $43 a piece and we need two
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How can you determine which station is higher diesel volume? Seems kind of subjective, at least for my local stations.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Wouldn't you assume the cheaper station has higher volume? Who likes to pay more?

My guess is, it's an error. I try to stick with the major name brands around here like Exxon, Mobile, Shell, Sunoco or BP. The app has failed me before, I prefer gasbuddy since it's crowd-sourced. It once sent me on a wild goose chase for an Exxon station that was about 20 cents cheaper than any of the major name brand stations, I drove the 3 miles only to find it wasn't an Exxon, not even a name brand and it was 20 cents more expensive than what was shown on the app.
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Cheaper doesn't necessarily mean that station sells more. It could mean they bought it so long ago that prices have increased every where else. The opposite can also be true. Maybe that station has a closer refinery than the station across the street so they can sell for a bit less because they pay less for delivery. Station A may use a brand (like chevron) that has added detergents, where station B doesnt, so their fuels are cheaper. There are just too many variables that impact each station's pricing to use as a volume indicator.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Well I went ahead with a known quantity, and went to one of my "regular" stations. I was curious what folks' take was on volume versus quality as it applies to the WK2 (I suspect my Cummins would run on heating oil if I told it to so I never really worried about where I got fuel for it). Reading the replies and doing the "mental math"...it made a lot of sense to go to a "good" station that I've used for years, had good luck with, and pay a few cents more per gallon for peace of mind. The WK2 is not cheap - no sense risking its health for a couple pennies.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Cost is just based on what the current price of the day is.

99% of the time stations near a freeway will be higher volume due to people getting off and filling up then continuing on.

The station right by my house is still 20 cheaper than the one by the freeway...I assume it is because their single diesel pump, tucked away around the corner, rarely gets used and they haven't had to refill the diesel tank yet.

I see it as $3 is not worth the possible hassle of bad diesel.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Yeah, it can be hard to know which station gets the turnover if you're not local. For instance I know a station just down the road is the biggest volume mover in town but its a farming and feed store and my guess is someone not local would never even notice it. I use visibly busy truck stops when possible on the road in unknown territory. If nothing else they are usually competitive in price and that they move their fuel regularly is a given.
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Re: Diesel fuel - price versus station volume...

Finding the high volume diesel dealerships is my problem right now. I have lots of options (every station has diesel around me) and the price is virtually the same. Besides stalking the gas stations, any ideas on how to find the high volume ones?
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