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Where to Find Cheap Gas Online

Search online instead of driving around to find the best price

Last updated: November 29, 2015 08:00 AM

Want to know where to find the least expensive fuel near your home or place of work? Several websites now offer that information free, without the need to register. Sites we liked best show prices for regular, plus, premium, and diesel at local gas stations, and they tell you when the prices were last updated. They also link to maps to help locate the gas stations.

The first site derives its information from credit-card transactions at more than 85,000 outlets nationwide, plus reports from individual chains. Other sites mainly use reports from volunteer "spotters," which may or may not be verified by the websites themselves. As such, they're good for general reference tools.

Here are four helpful sites:

  • The American Automobile Association's TripTik Travel Planner (available via the web site or a downloadable app) shows prices for local gas stations. Enter your location and click the fuel pump icon at the bottom of the screen. AAA also maintain a site with quick national and regional pricing called Fuel Gauge Report.
  • displays user-reported fuel prices and can be sorted by distance or price. Along with the website, GasBuddy has a downloadable app.         
  • highlights the lowest prices for each grade within your area when available.
  • also spotlights the best local price, and it also lets you sort your results to find the most recently posted prices.

Learn how to save gas in our guide to fuel economy.

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