You also need to shop around in town. Unlike gas prices, diesel seems to vary wildly from station to station. The Marathon next to my house has diesel at 3.99 right now. The Marathon two miles down the road (same owner) has it at 3.79, and the one downtown has it at 3.52. I use gas buddy to check prices before I fill up. Driving an extra ten miles to save 40 cents a gallon seems worth it to me.
The shell I filled up at was $4.19 last week, and across the road the BP was @ $3.7x
I noticed lower power/mileage when filling up at that BP though, and unfortunately there isn't another shell anywhere close.
Yeah, I'm pretty bummed about the price disparity. $2.89 for regular and $3.79 for diesel where I always fill up. I understand that heating season is ramping up, but that is quite the gap considering diesel has been about 3.70-80 at the same place all summer.
Last fill up for me was a couple weeks ago. That was $3.60. Just to give some perspective. I had to get a loaner Cruze LT while my car was in for the airbag/heater cord recalls. Mileage on the loaner was 28.5 for the day (reset the trip computer before starting). 50 mile average for the Diesel was at 39.2MPG when I took it in. My commute is just over 50 miles for a day. Weather on both days was comparable, except the Diesel was dealing with a 20 MPH headwind on the way in on Wednesday/Thursday and the gas Cruze had a relatively calm day Friday. In the gas LT cars defense, I'm sure it was running E10. Which cost it at least a couple MPGs.
Unleaded (87 - E10) has reached a long-time low here in Northern Iowa at $2.79/gal. this week. As of November 1, Diesel had reached the lowest price since I started buying it, at $3.42/gal. In the 2 weeks since, it has gone to $3.89. Some of it could be increased demand for heating oil and other similar oil products as the heating season begins here, especially with fears over a demand crisis like we faced last January in everyone's minds. Also could be related to the changeover to winter Diesel, which happens here as of Nov. 1.
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