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Scope Out Cheaper Gas Prices In Your Area (US & Canada Only)

GasBuddy IconGasBuddyA recent survey of the two people next to my desk at work reveals that 100% of Americas prefer cheaper gas prices. With this in consideration, I gladly choose GasBuddy for the mobile app of this week.

This app helps you find cheaper gas prices at each station in your area with help of the GPS on your mobile devices.

You can check gas prices in two views: a list view or a map view. Either one gets you the prices for regular, midgrade and premium gas as well as diesel. The map view presents you with a standard Google map overlaid with icons indicating prices. In areas where gas stations are a lot, these icons cluster together but you can always zoom in on the map, or alternatively switch to a list view with a tap.

You have two options to search for gas prices, either look for stations near you with the GPS function of your device, or find gas stations by city, state, or zip code.

GasBuddy has an impressive amount of information without being clunky; you do not have to dig for the information you need. When viewing the gas prices, you can select a specific station to view its profile, which includes a picture of the station, address, directions to the station, and facilities such as an air pump, food mart or restrooms available at the station.

This app is pleasantly customizable. You can select a default gas type to view from the app, set it to automatically launch and find gas stations near you, and even convert its measuring system from miles to kilometers.

GasBuddy receives its information through user contribution. You can report prices and add comments such as "beware of the pizza" for stations near you. It's a painless process as you don't need an account to do so.

But if you decide to sign up for a free account, you can earn points besides a warm sensation of goodwill in submitting prices and comments to help others. With these points you can “purchase” tickets for a weekly lottery for $250 worth of gas. A small achievement, why not?

I have found that this system works well. Gas prices for stations in my area were almost always accurate, and if they weren’t, the prices were only off by a few cents. The gas prices were updated usually every other day, but some stations received updated gas prices as frequently as every few hours.

 

GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas — Free Android / iOS App of the Week

For iPhone (compatible with iPad)
Size: 7.2 MB
Download: http://itunes.apple.com/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683?mt=8

For Android
Size: 1.2 MB
Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gbis.gbandroid

 

Also Available:

For BlackBerry
Size: 1.5 MB
Download: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/38289/?lang=en

For Windows Phone
Size: 1.0 MB
Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/c40743d9-8fd5-df11-a844-00237de2db9e

 

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Comments

by Paul Demmitt (not verified) on 17. April 2012 - 15:53  (92211)

The app is also available for Windows Phone. I just downloaded it. Could you provide the link in the article for others to download it? Otherwise, search in the Marketplace for "Gas Buddy". But the nice thing about the Windows Phone is that you can install the app from your computer, if you have the right link. Thanks. Paul

by NicNeely on 17. April 2012 - 18:09  (92217)

Paul,
Thank you for your reply. I have added the link that launches the external Zune program.

by Roger Noble (not verified) on 17. April 2012 - 15:01  (92209)

Yes, the same company and information is available on-line at http://gasbuddy.com/

You can do lots of neat things like save a list of your favourite stations (to use if you are making the same trip, to and from work, for example, - to help you decide which station you will stop at on the way) and you can input a transcontinental trip and it will suggest the least expensive stops for fuel along the way - you just input you vehicle and either accept the default mileage, or input your own achieved. I find that I an often save $4 or $5 a fill just by knowing where the least expensive fuel available at a given time is. Invaluable when travelling along unfamiliar routes or in an unfamiliar city.

If you are using the app with your smart phone, you can just press the station you want and your phone's GPS will guide you there.

by Spook Murphy (not verified) on 13. October 2012 - 14:33  (100728)

http://m.gasbuddy.com/touch/

by JamesM (not verified) on 17. April 2012 - 14:27  (92207)

Is the same information avalible on-line? A couple of years ago there was an online app that did a similar, user data collection, gas price thing. Is this data avalible on-line via the web, or are their other similar data sets that are?

by txlakeside (not verified) on 18. April 2012 - 2:17  (92225)

Its all online .... data is data ... user in .... user out! Geesh! We are talking about DATA via your phone!