What happened to the 30¢ difference in price between regular and premium?

As I pulled up to fill the tank of my very picky car, I noticed that the difference between regular and premium at this particular gas tank was 70¢. My car takes 93 octane and requires a mild octane booster to fully eliminate pinging and I don’t like using fuel with ethanol in it as its hard on the fuel system. All this means I don’t like to just pull into whatever 7/11 advertises the cheapest prices on the sign next to the cost of a cup of coffee.

I typically fill up at the same station down the road from my house. My station. This station. But it’s not just a problem with this station, nearly every has station around me has a price differentiation of over 50¢ a gallon.

Why are we, the owners of cars that require premium, being forced to pay so much more?

Premium fuel simply does not cost that much more to produce than regular fuel, which leads me to believe that the answer to my question is the most prevalent answer given to people questioning the validity and justification of prices: they’re doing it because they can.


Now it’s not like we can just stop driving because the extra cents per mile it costs to run a car that burns the highest quality juice is weighed out by the convenience of owning and driving your own car.

So this leaves us with a simple dilemma: A. Buy a different car or B. Quit bitching and drive.

And with the weather we’ve been having, I’ll choose option B any day of the week.