Gas prices vary around metro Detroit

I was pleasantly surprised on my way to work this morning when I noticed that the 11 Mile and Campbell Mobil gas station I often fill up at had regular gas listed at $2.88/gallon.

I found it interesting, though, when I passed by a station a few hours later near Crooks and 12 Mile and saw a station selling it there for $2.96. I’ve never fallen for the “drive a few miles away to save a cent or two on gas”, but after noticing this 8-cent difference in a matter of hours, I wanted to spread the word that it may be worth it to drive a little out of your way if you plan to fill up today; gas prices in metro Detroit are all over the board right now.

According to all those good ol’ gas-price gawkers on Detroit Gas, gas prices in the Metro D range from $2.81 at a Marathon station at 12 Mile and Ryan, all the way to $3.19 at a BP in Canton.

Using the site’s stats over the last 24 hours, the most common low price that was spotted is $2.82 and the most common high price is $3.09.

For a possible difference of 27-cents per gallon, it may be worth it to check out your local station’s prices before filling up.

3 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    i’m a believer in the “drive a few miles and you’ll save” theory… i’ve always benefitted from scouting an area before i decide on a place to purchase gas from…

  2. Johnny (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    For 27 cents/gallon, by all means scout around for a better deal. However, I never understood the people who would gladly drive 5 miles out of their way for 5 cents/gallon cheaper. Most cases you save no more than a quarter, some cases if your mpg is low, you actually pay more.

    I also look into convenience. There are two stations on separate corners by my house. One requires the expressway-bound to make a left turn in and another out. Its taken me as long as 2 light rotations to manage to get out. The other station is easy in and out but is a few cents more. I pick the easier one every time.

  3. Girl in the D (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    I agree on both counts, Johnny, especially with convenience and avoiding gas stations where you have to cross your fingers in the hope that you can dodge oncoming traffic and safely make it back onto the road.

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