As a follow up to 25 Ways to Save Money on Gas, I thought I’d share some additional online resources to help you find the lowest gas prices. So in addition to Gas Buddy and GasNearU, both of which I mentioned in the saving money on gas article, here are a few more worth checking out:
- Gas Price Watch: GPW does not have the slickest user interface, but it does seem to find the lowest prices on gas, which is what we’re looking for.
- Gas Prices on Mapquest: I’m a fan of mapquest to begin with, which may be why I like this tool. Note that it gets different results that GPW, so they are both worth checking out.
- Gas Price Widget: This is a great little widget that can be downloaded uploaded to a webpage. And you can always bookmark this post and come back to use the widget anytime.
- AAA Fuel Price Finder: This tool from AAA makes it easy to find gas prices in a particular city. It also gives you the current average area price, as well as historical average prices from the last week, month, 6 months, and year.
- Gas Buddy: Now a popular app, the Gas Buddy website has been around for a while. It shows the US low, high, and average gas prices for the day, and generates gas price reports for your metro area.
- Motor Trend: The Motor Trend gas prices page lets you sort down by state, county, and city to find local gas prices. It highlights the lowest local price for regular, plus, and premium. Unfortunately, there’s no map involved, so you have to know the area well to find the recorded gas stations.
- Alt Fuel Prices: If your car runs in biodiesel, CNG, E85, or is electric, this is the gas website you want. you can select an alternative fuel type, and it’ll help you find fuel prices where you are.
Apps for Gas Prices
Since I originally wrote this article back in 2008, the app market has absolutely exploded. While the online resources listed above are helpful for finding cheap gas if you happen to be near a computer, gas price apps are a more streamlined option for those with a Smartphone.
With that said, here are some apps to consider downloading if you want to find the lowest gas prices around:
- AAA TripTik: This app works like many others – it gives you the location and price of gas at gas stations close to you. What’s different is that you can sort prices by distance, so you don’t drive ten miles out of your way to save a few cents on the gallon. AAA updates prices seven times a day, though not all participating stations are updated every time.
- Local Gas Prices: This simple app lets you sort nearby gas stations by price or location. If you tap on a gas station, it’ll automatically show you where it’s located in your maps app.
- Smart Fuel: This app purports to offer the most accurate prices available using a gas price database, rather than user reports. This app also allows user ratings for gas stations, based on cleanliness and safety.
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