Did I just pay premium for mid-grade gasoline?
April 7, 2010 5:32 PM Subscribe
Did I just pay for Premium Gasoline when I was really pumping Mid-Grade? While I was fueling up the car I noticed 2 of the 3 nozzles were switched from their correct position; what did I pay for?
posted by MrBCID to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was pumping gas using this
kind of pump - (disregard the "Start" button; the pump in question didn't have one) it was the kind that has 3 hoses, 3 nozzles, and 3 plastic "holders" that hold the nozzles in place until you take the nozzle out of its place and "lift" the plastic holder to let the machine know which type of gas you want.
My pump (similar to the first one pictured) had a Regular, Mid-Grade, and Premium hose/nozzle. I placed the nozzle sitting under "Premium" in my car, lifted the plastic lever where the nozzle rested seconds before and then the LCD screen that had displayed the prices for "Regular" and "Mid-Grade" shut off and only the "Premium" price was lit... I began fueling... then I look up and notice that the nozzle in my car is the "middle" hose and the hose directly over "Premium" was sitting under "Mid-Grade"! Meaning the nozzle fueling my car was the nozzle/hose attached above the "Mid-Grade" not "Premium"... I quickly glanced over at the other pumps in the station and all the hoses/nozzles were in their correct place but mine was the only one "switched".
What did I pay for? Do the pumps with 3 hoses/nozzles work like the pumps with 1 hose/nozzle and 3 choices like this
Since the pump DID charge me for Premium does this then mean that I can hypothetically place the hose/nozzle under Premium in my car but lift the "Regular" lever and let the "Regular" nozzle/hose hang while I pump Premium but pay for Regular?