Cheap Gas Near Me: Here Are Some Apps to Help You Find Open Gas Stations and the Lowest Prices
It can be pretty easy to save money on gas with a little planning and a free fuel-finding app
It can be frustrating to pull into a gas station and start pumping only to see that the price across the street is much cheaper. It can be even more frustrating during times of shortage to pull into a station only to see that no gas is available. So what do you do? There are many free gas apps available for download that can help you scope out the cheapest stations that actually have fuel for you to buy.
Many free apps have additional features for purchase, rewards programs, and credit card offers. The appearance of an app on this page does not constitute an endorsement by NCCC.
GasBuddy may be the most popular app for finding the cheapest gas. To provide this information, the app relies on crowdsourcing: app users report relevant data, which then helps other users decide where to fill their tanks.
Upon launch, GasBuddy reports the average reported price for the user's location, as well as the lowest price reported and the most recent pricing trend. Users can decide whether to see stations in a list or plotted on a map, obtain directions to and phone numbers for the stations, and rate the stations.
Like several similar apps, GasBuddy also indicates how long ago the indicated price was reported, which enables you to make an educated guess about the popularity of the station and whether or not it may still have fuel.
Gas Guru has a simple interface in comparison with the other apps, an advantage if you are checking prices quickly while stopped at a light. Like other apps, it shows best nearby prices either in a list or on a map, according to the user's preference. If really pressed for time, the user can click a "best nearby" button to show the best price the app can find in the user's area. Color coding makes it easy to sort through the prices—yellow for good, green for the best, and gray for least good.
Users can also choose a location if they want to check prices at their destination, and Google Maps or Apple Maps can provide directions to any station. You can even set favorite locations so you can check particular stations quickly.
MapQuest Gas Prices
Although MapQuest has fallen in popularity in recent years, it still has a decent fuel-finder app. Like the others, it lists the best prices near to the user or plots them on a map, allows users to sort price displays by price or distance, and is able to search any location.
The user can search for different types of fuel, as they can on Gas Guru, but what sets MapQuest apart is the ability to search for E85 and diesel in addition to the standard types—a useful feature for those consumers whose vehicles require a specific type. The app also provides directions and allows users to build a list of their favorite stations for convenient quick checks in the future.
Fuelzee is like GasBuddy in that it offers daily contests and awards reward points to users who report prices and/or leave comments. In addition, users can track their gas usage, which is good for those who plan to claim a tax deduction, and can be notified of special deals nearby.
Many consumers already use Waze for navigation and crowdsourced traffic information. It allows users to avoid tie-ups and snarls, obtain estimated travel times, and find out where police are hiding. Waze also provides information on gas prices, though the process is not intuitive and the data are often outdated. Consumers may be better served by using a different fuel finder app and rely on Waze for navigation instead.