Have you ever seen those long lines at Costco? The ones that go on for miles it seems like. What in the world are all those people waiting for? Gas. That’s right, those long lines of cars are people waiting to gas up their cars at Costco. But that can’t be right, why would people wait in such ridiculously long lines JUST to get gas? Why would people wait for 15 to 30 only at this particular gas station? There are many reasons that people wait so long for Costco gas.
4) It’s Cheaper
You probably already realized this, but Costco gas is cheaper than almost all other gas stations in the United States. Costco is $1.59 per gallon for unleaded regular gas. In Oklahoma, the big-name brand gas station is QT, with their gas being $1.77 per gallon. That’s $0.18 more expensive than Costco per gallon! When you look at Kwik Trip, it’s $2.17 per gallon, and even Walmart is $1.76 per gallon, which is $0.17 more expensive than Costco. For a 20 gallon tank, that’s a difference of $3.40. That may not seem like a lot, but over time, that’s a savings of $81.60 per year, and that’s if you only have to fill up twice a month!
3) They give discounts to Executive Members
Costco has cheap gas made even cheaper if you are an executive member who uses their Costco credit card to get gas. They also offer a 4% kickback reward on your gas. You can buy gas from any gas station and receive the 4% kickback rewards, but then you’d miss out on the cheaper price per gallon that Costco gives out as well if we use the above situation where you have a 20-gallon tank being filled up twice a month, that comes out to $30.53 a year in literally free money! Why would anyone turn that down? Also, the 4% kickback rewards only work at Costco and other major brand gas stations such as Shell, BP, Mobil, Valero, and Sunoco.
2) The wait times are not that bad
While the lines at Costco gas station can be a bit long, think 10-15 cars deep, you will never spend an exorbitant amount of time waiting in line. The people who pump gas are very quick because they want to be done and go home too. I’ve waited in line at a Costco gas pump, think 15 cars deep, and have never had to wait for more than 15 minutes. Considering the amount of money you save, that’s pretty quick, not to mention the 4% kickback reward money you could get with JUST purchasing something you already need, gas. Plus, you don’t have to wait until you are almost on empty and when the gas pumps are the busiest. Costco has various times where you can drive right up to a gas pump, get gas, and go home. At most, that scenario will take you 2-5 minutes, and off you go to your next adventure with a full tank of gas. The best time to get gas is during off-peak hours, such as early afternoons during the week and early morning. The Costco store is open from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm. However, it’s gas station’s hours of operation are 6:00 am to 9:00 pm during the week. On the weekend its gas station’s hours are from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can find your local Costco gas station’s hours here.
1) Top Tier Gas
Even though Costco’s gas is some of the least expensive in America, it doesn’t skimp on gas quality. It doesn’t matter whether you buy regular or premium grades of fuel; your car will always have top tier gas in it. The fact that it has top tier standards means that it has deposit control additives to clean your engine and help it run more efficiently. This helps your car to last years longer than other fuels.
Costco always has the best deals on food, necessities, and gas. There are also many other reasons to buy gas from the Costco station. For one, do NOT block the middle lane. This middle lane is big enough that if the car in front of one person pulls away, the car in line can go around one car getting gas and pull into the front spot to get gas. It makes it quick so that people can get in and out without having to wait for both cars to finish pumping. Another great thing about Costco is that it doesn’t matter which side of your car the gas tank is on. When you pull up to a Costco gas station, you will realize the pump hose is extra-long so that you can fill up no matter which side your gas tank is on. They do this because, at the Costco gas station, the traffic only flows one way for convenience and speed.