is it better to use gas from chevron rather than arco? it's 20 cents cheaper per gallon at all of the arcos?
- David BLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Arco advertises their cash prices. If you pay with cash, then you'll get that price. If you use a credit card, they'll charge you extra.
Also, gas companies don't have oil refineries everywhere. For example, if the oil refinery is on the east coast, it'll cost more to sell the gas in the west coast because of the transportation costs. Arco's oil refinery is in the west coast, so their prices are cheaper than the other brands.
As for the brands of gasoline, it does matter to a certain extent. Although they are based on the same material (crude oil), the additives they use are different. Some additives might burn better than others.
As I mentioned before, it costs money to transport gas from a far away refinery. What they do is to just refine it into a base gasoline. The refinery can then sell the base gasoline to other gas companies (for example, the Arco refinery might sell their base gas to Chevron). Once the base gasoline is in the truck, they can add their own fuel additives to make the gas their own (or they can do it at the gas station). Thus, Chevron might buy gas from Arco in the west coast, and Arco might buy gas from Chevron in the east coast. You'll notice that gas trucks are no longer labeled with brand names. If you follow a gas truck, for example, it might go from Arco, to Shell, to Chevron, etc.
Check out www.toptiergas.com for some gas companies that are considered top tier.
Personally, I would never use Arco. I have even seen mechanics who tear open engines, look at its condition, and ask the owner if he/she uses Arco gasoline (which is always correct). I stick with Chevron, Shell, and Mobil. I'm a car enthusiast, so I prefer to take care of my car and give it the ability to perform at its best.
- Scott HLv 71 decade ago
I will not use Arco gas in any of my vehicles. I don't know what it is, but my vehicles don't run well on it. I'll gladly pay the extra $ for Chevron or Shell gasoline.
- Wolf HarperLv 61 decade ago
Depends if you're paying by credit card. Chevron is better gas. I think gas is cheaper than engines, so I like Chevron.
- kb9pvjLv 41 decade ago
All gas stations that are "privately" owned can purchase their gas from any supplier. Gas stations that are owned by the "company" (ie.shell, chevron, etc) get their gas from the company's refineries. Regardless of price, you need to know who owns a gas station first. If its company owned, you will generally get good gasoline. Best of luck.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't think it matters. All gas is the same pretty much. Chevron just spends more on marketing.
- Trump 2020Lv 71 decade ago
ARCO is all I've used for the last15 years with NO problem....