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OT: Shock at the Gas pump in Orlando at the airport

This past week, I was in Orlando at SQL Connections.  It went well and I will blog about a few things later, but I was in for a shock when I returned my rental car on Thursday.  I rented from an off-site company to get a great deal.  I usually start looking for a gas station about 5-10 miles before I get to the airport, but I was distracted with other things.  I rent cars all over as i travel and know that the gas stations near the airport usually charge a little more.  I am always prepared for that.  Most gas stations in the Orlando area are running at about $3.65 or so for regular unleaded.  This particular gas station was selling it for $4.84/gallon!  I know that in Europe and elsewhere, gas is around $9-10/gallon, but we are not used to that here in the US (at least not yet).  With TechEd coming up, you may want to make sure that you get your gas well before you return your rental.  BTW, I used Andy's tip by looking at the fuel guage to know which side the gas cap was on. ;-)


Published Friday, April 25, 2008 10:25 AM by RickHeiges
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jamiet said:

hey Rick,

The thing about the fuel gauge is a fallacy as I found out recently when I took my new car to be filled up for the first time (at, yes, ~$9 a gallon) and found that the gas cap was on the opposite side to what the gauge said.

Maybe its the exception that proves the rule :)


April 25, 2008 10:17 AM

mksql said:

That station has been on the news here lately. It is on the end of the line to the airport, and they have been taking advantage of their "last stop" positioning.

Refilling a rental away from the airport is very good advice.

April 25, 2008 11:25 AM

jchang said:

Orlando is tricking, don't bother going to a gas station in the immediate vicinity of the big tourist/convention areas, ie, Lake Buena Vista, just going to the others side of the freeway can drop the price by a buck. Also, the rental car companies can't really tell if you filled up just now or 20-30 miles ago, the guage still reads full.

April 25, 2008 11:42 AM

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