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Drivers going online to avoid high gas prices

Chris Fujimoto Chris Fujimoto
Indar Lange Indar Lange
Brandon Bell Brandon Bell

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It seems like every time you turn around gas prices go higher, but what if you could pay the same price every time you fill up?

In Honolulu, the average price for a gallon of gas is $4.39 and drivers aren't feeling fine. They're looking for any way to save at the pump.

Gas budgets are bulging, drivers are fuming, pump prices are officially out of control.

"It's scary at the rate is going up now," said driver Chris Fujimoto.

"It's tough spending 50-dollars on a tank or 100 dollars for a truck," said driver Indar Lange.

From the roadways to the information superhighway, hope maybe in sight through a website called Mygallons.com. It allows drivers to lock in a gas rate and buy fuel in bulk. It's like an online gas membership club. Drivers can use their credit card to buy gas and get a special card in the mail they can use at different stations.

"I think it'd be a no brainer." said driver Brandon Bell.

"It'd be nice to have a fixed price and know that this is what you're going to pay for a while without having to worry about it going to five dollars or whatever," said Lange.

But there are some drawbacks to the site. The Gas cards are only excepted at about 200,000 stations nationwide. If prices go down and you've bought gas at a higher rate, you might lose money unless you wait for them to go back up again.

But there's more, you also have to pay an annual fee of $30 to $40.

"That's still cheap you can save that in a couple different times you fill up on gas," said Fujimoto.

So before you twist and shout at soaring prices, going online may mean cruising past being furious about fuel.

The price you pay for your gas on the website is based on your zip code. The gas cards are good for as long as you maintain your mygallons.com membership and you can even get a refund for unused fuel on your account.

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