Ask Joe: Price Gouging at the Pumps ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 2/08/2013 5:50 pm
Carol Hayes called up today saying she filled up her tank in Carson City and it was $3.39 a gallon.   But its $4.09 a gallon in Incline Village. She wants to know if this is a case of price gouging ?
Its a frustrating topic Carol.  I talked to Doug Brown, the manager of the Chevron Station in Incline where gas currently sells for $4.09 a gallon.  Here's what he told me:
Chevron's prices are higher than many independent stations because of the additives they put in the gasoline which they claim help your engine run better and reduce wear. 
  Also property values tend to be higher in Incline Village.  Brown says their property on Tahoe Boulevard is valued at 2.5 million dollars. That's a higher cost they incur to do business.
  Also when you fill up at a station in Washoe County you pay a 12 cent per gallon tax that you don't pay in Carson City or other areas.
Also , you have to remember it costs a little more to travel over the mountain and deliver the gas up in Incline, so that's another cost that gets passed on at the pump.
  Where you fill up is up to you, but that is an explanation of the costs straight from the source --the manager at the Chevron station in Incline Village.

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