Fuel Price Apps

Gas Price & Station Apps

July 19, 2019 8:26 am

Don‟t hit the brakes on your summer road trip plans just because of sticker shock at the pump.
Use these gasoline pricing apps to help you find the cheapest nearby options, keeping your
budget on full all summer long!

1) GasBuddy
This highly rated app is a favorite among 70 million users for good reason. GasBuddy allows
you to search for gas stations near any ZIP code or city and then finds you the station with the
cheapest gasoline. You can filter the options the app brings up by brand, price or location. You
can also search for gas stations that have additional features, like restrooms, eateries and car
washes.

Best features
GasBuddy takes its mission of saving you money very seriously. Sign up for the app‟s loyalty
program and you can save $0.15/gallon for your first pump and $0.05/gallon on every
subsequent refuel. Enjoy additional perks by reporting price changes to help the app keep its
information current. You can also sign up for daily alerts about price drops–and hikes–in your
area.

The cost-free app also allows you to search according to very specific criteria, including the type
of gas you need, such as diesel or premium unleaded. This can save you a frustrating trip to a
gas station that can‟t actually help you fill’er up.

Glaring glitches
GasBuddy depends on user input to maintain its accuracy, but correcting price listings on the
app can be tedious. Of course, you can ignore all the app‟s mistakes, but then you‟ll only be
contributing to its inaccuracy.

2) GasGuru
GasGuru offers users a more streamlined interface than similar apps. Data is plucked off the Oil
Price Information Service instead of being shared by users, so you don‟t have to bother with
updating gas prices after you pull into a station. The free app offers a super-comprehensive list
of gas stations near your current location and places you often visit so you can determine
whether it‟s cheaper to fill up near your home or your workplace. Filter your search by fuel type
and look up eateries, repair shops and more on the app.

Best Features
Say you‟re out of town on a business trip and you need to refuel. You find the best-priced gas
station in the area that meets your needs, but you have no idea how to get there! GasGuru
makes it simple with an automatic navigation option. Just hit the “Get Directions” icon near a
listed gas station and the app instantly launches Google Maps to show the way. Also, GasGuru
uses just 3MB while still offering a fantastic interface. Contrast this with other gas apps‟ 20-
30MB and you‟ve got one small, but super-powerful app.

Glaring Glitches
Despite its more professional approach toward obtaining gas prices, users complain that
GasGuru‟s listed prices are more often inaccurate than accurate. Another annoying aspect of
the app is the fact that you can only view one category of locations at a time. Also, some users
dislike the fact that GasGuru will not specify if the listed prices refer to cash or credit payments
at the pump.

3) Waze
Yes, the app that has helped you get from point A to point B without getting lost more times than
you can count is also a great resource for finding the cheapest gas. Just hit the Settings icon on
the app, and then tap the Gas Stations option. You can now select a gas station brand or a type
of gas you‟d like to search for, and then sort your search by price, distance or brand. Of course,
once you‟ve found the station you want to use, Waze will show you how to get there as quickly
as possible. Prices are updated constantly and are consistently accurate. Some stations even
offer a “Waze-only” deal on their prices for users of the popular navigation app.

Best Features
Waze makes it super-easy to find the gas station with the best price at the best location. As
soon as you hit the search button, it‟ll show you a list of nearby gas stations with the exact
amount of minutes each choice is off your route. Pricing is also easy to see at a glance; Waze
color-codes its list of stations so you can easily compare prices.

Glaring Glitches
Waze keeps itself going with ads for eateries, coffee shops and all kinds of attractions you
happen to be passing on your way to your destination. Some users find these ads to be
incredibly intrusive.

How they stack up

App Special Deals User dependent Consistency Accurate Built-in Navigation
GasBuddy Yes Yes Yes Yes
GasGuru No No No No
Waze Yes No Yes Yes

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