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Welcome to GasBuddy's Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the GasBuddy FAQ. These are some answers to some of the common question that members might have about the site or about gas prices in general. These are just meant as a guide to help you with any questions you might have. If you can not find an answer to you question here please feel free to Contact us through email and we will try to reply with an answer as soon as we can.

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FAQ's about Price Listings
Q: Can I use the same username on more than one GasBuddy website? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why are there two listings for the same station? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How can I correct a price listing? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Should we use the postal address, or the nearest intersection? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why doesn't GasBuddy use a database of all gas stations, to prevent errors? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I don't use regular. What about listing premium and mid-grade gas? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: You don't have a listing for the station I usually use, and some of the prices you do have are a day old. Why don't you update them more often? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How do I search the price listings by time instead of price? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I spotted a price two hours ago but just got to the computer now; can I back-date my sighting? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Should I be logging high prices or low prices? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: If the actual price is $2.279/86.99, should I log that as 2.27/86.9 or 2.28/87.1? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: If the price on the sign is $2.279/86.99 but the station offers a 3¢ discount for members to 2.249/83.99, which one should I list? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Some other member is listing wrong information! What can I do about it? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: You don't seem to be covering my city! Why not? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I'm registered at one site, but I sometimes spot prices that belong in another one. How can I get credit for posting them? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: When I perform a search, there are too many results returned. How can I refine my search? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I posted a price, and then later on someone else posted over it! Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I posted a price earlier, but now it's gone! Show Answer Link to This 
FAQ's about Points and Point Standings
Q: What's the deal with the car icons? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How can I earn points? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: What are these points good for? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why didn't I get my points? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why can't we have more ways to spend points? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: If I spend my points, does my point total go down? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why do some people on the 30-day points standings have more points than should be possible? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: What's the status of the latest prize give-away? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: What are consecutive days standings/totals? Show Answer Link to This 
FAQ's about Message Forum
Q: How do I enter a cent sign or other symbol in the message forum? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How do I search the forum to see if something is already being discussed? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Aren't some of these topics posted to the wrong category? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Someone's posting bad messages! How can we stop it? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I made a mistake! How can I delete or edit it? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: The "Just For Fun" category is just noise! Why does it exist? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: There's a lot of junk in the forum! Why don't you delete it? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I'm new here! Could everyone say "hi" to me? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: My forum postings show me as being from the wrong place! How can I make it show my actual city? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How do I post a link in the message forum? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Can I get my signature automatically added to all my messages? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I posted a suggestion/complaint, and haven't gotten a response from the moderators. Show Answer Link to This 
Q: How can I get in touch with another member? Show Answer Link to This 
FAQ's about Fuel Prices in General
Q: Why do US gas prices have that 9/10 cent added on? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Do prices change based on the day of the week? Why? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why are prices so high? Whose fault is it? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Is it true that there are places where self-serve is illegal? Why? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Is it true that gas stations aren't allowed to quote prices over the phone? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: I heard about a gas boycott — should I participate in that? Show Answer Link to This 
FAQ's about Miscellaneous
Q: I hate these pop-up ads! Why do you have them? Show Answer Link to This 
Q: Why can't I access the Master Station List? Show Answer Link to This 
FAQ's about GasBuddy Maps
Q: Why do I get the message "Station not mappable due to insufficient address detail." on the map after clicking a "Map It" link? Show Answer Link to This 
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