With gas prices on the rise, more and more drivers are looking for the cheapest gas prices in their area. We’ve all turned to our phones in search of, “cheap gas pries near me” before heading out to fill up our tanks. Instead of taking a shot in the dark, here’s how to find the cheapest gas near you before you pull up to a station.
The easiest way to see gas prices in real-time is to turn to Google. This trusty information hub recently added a new feature to their Google My Business/Google Maps profile listings with the current price of gas at a given station. Simply type, “cheap gas prices near me” into your search bar and look for the small orange gas pump icon and corresponding price. It should be listed just below the address and phone number for each store, as shown here.
It’s important to note that this only displays the price for regular gas, not premium or diesel, and not every station in your area may be using this feature or have perfectly up-to-date information. Initial user reviews of this new feature, however, have been stellar and information has been fairly accurate.
If you want a more in-depth look at gas prices, try Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy has a live data feed providing real-time gas price information at 150,000+ stations. Their comprehensive search page also has several hand features, including a filter for gas type, a toggle between map or list view, and a “Cash” icon that indicates cash-only establishments. Because they have more data available, you can search within your specific town or expand to your local region to find the best prices.
For a long-term study of gas prices, you can also look to AAA. AAA publishes a regular report on the going gas rates across Massachusets on their Gas Prices webpage. While the page doesn’t get down to the city level, you can compare across major metro regions. It also tracks and compares gas prices over time, showing how prices have changed compared to one week, one month, and one year ago. Additionally, it compares across states which is super helpful if you need to calculate gas costs for any upcoming travel plans, or if you want to see how your area stacks up against the rest of the country.
When gas prices increase, the temptation to cut down on other car-related costs is strong— but shortsighted. Coming in regular service and taking care of any necessary repairs is the only way to keep your car running for years to come.
At V&F, our number one priority is keeping you safe on the road. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.