Everyone needs gas. Especially now during hurricane season, gas becomes an extra special commodity that rises in demand even more than usual. As much as we love seeing gas prices when they’re low, price displays have been showing higher and higher prices lately. Thanks to GasBuddy, we can now track and get the cheapest gas prices that are closest to us. After all, when it comes to gas, we’ll take the drive to where we can save even if it’s just for a five-cent difference. GasBuddy is the gas app you truly can’t afford to not have, and these are 10 things that you need to know about it before you start downloading.
1. Gasbuddy has actually been around for a while.
Friends Dustin Coupal and Jason Toews started the company in 2000 as a free gas-price sharing platform for consumers. They filed as a corporation in 2004, and since then, they’ve been honing their company to provide the best services for users.
2. Technically, GasBuddy is not just a gas app.
After years of development and improvement, the app now has many added features and capabilities including a point accumulation and reward system, trip cost calculators, and a savings program. GasBuddy also provides information on the top-rated convenience stores in any location as rated directly by consumers themselves.
3. The effectiveness of the app is evident in their consumer base.
GasBuddy gets about 3 million reviews each day, majority of which are from people using the app. Consumers update gas prices and they also put in reviews for convenience stores. App users are also free to update about products and product prices anywhere. GasBuddy’s consumer base is quite loyal to the company’s vision.
4. GasBuddy is completely free. It’s free to use the platform for tracking gas prices.
It’s also free to use the website and all the information contained therein. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, is also free to download. To sign up for membership is also free, as well as to sign up to use their payment program.
5. GasBuddy has a payment card.
This is a physical card that’s linked to your bank account. You can use this at gas stations for payment. You can also have your payment via mobile, much like how pharmacy reward cards work. They’re convenient, and you’re guaranteed to always have them on you anywhere you go.
6. The app promises to save you five cents a gallon every time you purchase gas.
This isn’t really a hard sell because as we established earlier, people will do what it takes just to save on gas. If you purchase gas using your payment card, you are guaranteed this price reduction. It may not sound much, but if you keep track of your gas spending at all, you’ll know that every little thing adds up.
7. GasBuddy was not just developed with consumers in mind.
The app can actually help gas stations and other small businesses as well. Through GasBuddy’s reviews and data, convenience store owners can streamline their processes, change products as needed, or make any other adjustments in the store for a better business altogether.
8. As a matter of fact, GasBuddy has so much data available for anyone to access.
They have information on how gas prices have changed in the last few years. They also have information on consumerism behavior when it comes to convenience stores. They even have data on which gas stations make the most sales. And they have way, way more at your disposal.
9. During the recent disaster in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, GasBuddy helped a lot of people find gasoline when it seemed like there was nothing else available.
GasBuddy also exposed gas stations and convenience stores that took advantage of the situation and exceedingly price gouged. It became a way for people to help each other out during times of need by just providing information that was and is still crucial.
10. GasBuddy is now global.
It started out as a small venture that grew out of its usefulness. While it was only available in the US and Canada for a while, GasBuddy is now available in Australia. Pretty soon, the whole world will get a better handle on gas and prices and hopefully, save more money with the GasBuddy app.
Written by Garrett Parker
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