Computerized Investing > April 28, 2012

GasBuddy—Find Cheap Gas

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by CI Staff

With gas prices on the rise, many consumers are seeking out every opportunity to maximize value at the pump. In Chicago, where we currently have the fourth-highest average cost of gasoline in the country, it is not uncommon to find gas prices differing by 20 cents a gallon or more within a relatively short distance. Instead of wasting money and gas driving around searching for the best deals, there are several apps at your disposal to help you find the lowest prices in your area. One of these is GasBuddy, a free app with versions for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. We tested the app on the iPhone 4S.

When you open GasBuddy, you can use your phone’s GPS to find your current location or you can search for locations by city, state or zip code. Once you have done that, the app returns a list of stations that you can sort by distance or price. The list is further broken down into separate tabs for regular, midgrade, premium and diesel. Tapping on an item gives you additional details, including directions, address and phone number, and services offered.

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