Costco Gas: 4 Reasons Why We Always Fill Up Our Tanks
You are running for work or in a rush to pick up your kids from school and the worst, possible thing happens – your car is low on gas. Your tank is practically empty. Fueling up your car on gas is one of those things that become a chore you end up ignoring for as long as possible.
While it typically only takes a couple of minutes to do, there is the drive to the gas station and then the drive back home. After work, the last thing you want to do is stop for gas – you just want to go home and relax. With gas prices fluctuating what seems like every other second, the entire process becomes an unpleasant ordeal. However, there is a rainbow in the dark of all this:
The one-stop warehouse for all your household needs, plus more. The warehouse offers four different types of membership, each with their own perks. From appliances to groceries and optical and pharmacy services, Costco has everything you need and now, of course, gas.
4 Reasons Why We Started Pumping Gas at Costco:
This is the main factor why we started buying Costco gas. The price of gasoline is always fluctuating, and gas at Costco is typically 15 to 30 cents cheaper compared to competitor stations and for a full-tank that could equate to significant savings.
Take a look at the table below:
|Tank size||Costco gas||Competitor||Total Savings*|
*for comparison purposes only
We live less than 10 minutes away from the nearest Costco and every time we go there, which is almost every week, or even if we’re just passing by the area, we will stop by and fill up our tank.
Also, In 2017 The Oil Price Information Service or OPIS named Costco gas as the number one brand among the Fuels 50 brands based on top-low prices.
How is Costco able to sell gas at a cheaper price?
It’s all about Costco’s army of loyal members. You need to have a Costco membership in order to buy gas. Members pay an annual fee of either $60 or $120 – this is pure profit.
The Kirkland Signature Gasoline
Possibly one of the best perks of having a Costco membership is access to their gasoline. Kirkland’s Signature Gasoline is “formulated with powerful deposit control additives” and “significantly reduces harmful pre-existing deposit buildup on critical engine components. It contains five times the government standard for detergent additives”.
Kirkland’s Signature gasoline improves performance, restores fuel economy, reduces emissions, and projects fuel injectors and intake valves.
The Fuel stations
Costco fuel stations feature the latest technologies for making sure gasoline vapor remains contained.
The fuel stations are also fully and conveniently equipped. There is one-way traffic and extra-long pump hoses allow people to fuel up from either side.
While there can be long lines of cars waiting for their turn to pump gas, the wait is worth it. After all, you are getting great quality gasoline at an affordable price – especially when compared to competitors. Another plus is that Kirkland Signature Gasoline cleans up dirty engines and keeps them clean, allowing for smoothe acceleration and overall driving.
Costco also prides itself in having a safe environment, making sure their fuel attendants are fully trained and pass a certification test prior to working at a fuel station. The attendants are trained on how to properly clean up surface spills, with each station equipped with a spill kit on the fuel islands. Costco fuel stations have corrosion-proof double-wall underground storage tanks and piping, with the system set up to shut down the entire station if a leak is detected.
The Cash Back Rewards
Perhaps one of the best things about fueling your car at a Costco fuel station is the cash back rewards system.
You can earn anywhere Visa is accepted.
You are able to earn cash back rewards on EVERY purchase! Click here to check out the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi and the Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card by Citi. Costco members who go to the Costco fuel stations earn back 4% on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year, and then 1% thereafter. They earn back 3% on eligible travel and restaurants, 2% on other purchases made at a Costco warehouse and Costco.com, and 1% on all other purchases!
So if you are already a Costco member, you are most likely already using their fuel stations and taking advantage of the perks that come along with it! If you are a member and not fueling your car with Costco gas, now is the time to try it out. If you are not a member yet, we recommend you highly consider becoming a member. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your household necessities, groceries, and more (like free samples)