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How do American gas stations work?

I'm travelling to the US in April and will be renting a car and doing a fair bit of driving. Where I live in South Africa, everything is full service - you pull into a gas station and an attendant is waiting to fill the tank for you. Apparently in the US you have to do it yourself - can someone walk me thru it?

Asked By: Matt_Johannesburg - 3/10/2008
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Very easy... More
Answered By: Hermy-one - 3/10/2008
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Everything here is self service and when you go in to pay you get nothing.
Answered By: ServantofGod - 3/10/2008
 
yes, most of the stations are self service. pull up to the pump, pump your gas, and pay. next time you get gas, get out and watch how it is done.
Answered By: michteddybear1969 - 3/10/2008
 
It's really easy. Just pull up to the gas pump like normal and get out of the car. At the pump, you'll have the option to pay at the pump or go inside to pay. After that, you just take the gas pump out of the holster and put it in your car. It's pretty easy... More
Answered By: deathbear3 - 3/10/2008
 
In Vegas you had to go into the gas station, pay at the counter, say $20. Go back outside to the pump, pull the red lever to get the pump to work. Of course, if your tank only had enough space for $15 of fuel, you then had to go back inside and get your change. Very faffy!!
Answered By: Amazingwoo - 3/10/2008
 
you drive to the station, go inside or to the window and ask for how much you want. Go to the car. on the gas machine you will have 3 numbers. 87 90 and 97.. i dont know the exact numbers.. the higer the number the more money it is. well then u chose one of the 3 numbers.. those r the 3 types of gas. Unleaded, leaded... More
Answered By: Kevin Dank - 3/10/2008
 
Self service here. I usually "pay at the pump" with my debit/credit card. Or, you will pump your gas then go inside and pay the clerk. Depending on the station, they may make you pay before you pump your gas. IDK where you are going or what the prices are from where you are from, but expect prices to be $3-$4 per... More
Answered By: hyabusawife - 3/10/2008
 
Yeah, it's easy and the instructions are right on the pumps. For now, start paying attention to what the attendant does when pumping for you... More
Answered By: originalkippyj - 3/10/2008
 
Make not of which side of the car your fuel tank is on, it has a small door near the back side of your car by the boot/trunk... More
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Answered By: DontCallMeYank - 3/10/2008
 
Well not all states are self serve I know for a fact that Oregon state isn't they passed a law that each station must have ppl serving gas to give more ppl jobs but here in California theres both but more self serve....Make sure you bring plenty of gas money because now the cost is an Arm and a Leg...lol
Answered By: secks4rmlwd - 3/10/2008
 
On the rental car gas meter is a arrow or a gas pump icon showing the pump hose. That is the side of the car you will want to be on pulling into the gas station. Most stations have swipe your credit card pay at the pump feature. ( prefeer to use name brand fuel ) swipe card open the fuel filler door remove gas cap... More
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Answered By: John Paul - 3/10/2008
 
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