[Tagging] Self serve and full serve gas stations

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Tue Jun 9 12:32:45 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 6:55 AM, Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, 2015-06-09 at 06:07 -0500, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > Full service does cost more, because full service typically checks and
> > tops off any fluids you're low on, along with checking your tires and
> > cleaning your windows as part of the price included; and (sometimes,
> > if they're fishing for a bigger tip, since tipping is generally
> > expected at full service islands), cleaning up trash and vacuuming
> > your car, all at no extra charge.
> >
> >
> I assume they charge for things like oil? A litre of oil is close to the
> price of a quarter of a tank of fuel, they surely don't give that away
> free?

It's included in the cost.  Full service is usually a loss leader while you
go inside and grab some food or drop kids off at the pool.

> As for trusting them to put the right oil in.....

At least on vehicles built in my lifetime, it's said the right oil either
on the filler cap, on a label stuck to the inside of the hood, or both.

> When I started driving there were still a lot of attendant filling
> stations around, I tended to avoid them as I had a car with a small tank
> and they never filled it to the level I did for a long journey.

Some jockeys do better than others.  BP jockeys usually are minimum wage
slackjaws who will spill if you have an awkward tank (I know one Jeep owner
who lives in Oregon and is furious about this, even though he refuses to go
someplace that actually pays people to know what they're doing, join a
cardlock, buy a vehicle that isn't so prone to overfill, or move someplace
that has self-service; I honestly think he likes being angry about this).
On the other hand, Phillips 66 and Flying J attendants tend to have a
laser-like aim for getting as many last pennies in there as they possibly
can without going over (they'd be deadly on The Price Is Right).  Don't
rightly have experience with other brands of minimum service stations, as
they tend to be "premium" (Shell, Texaco) and I really can't see the point
in paying more for a name on something I'm going to have a machine set fire
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