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US Drivers Head to Mexico For Cheaper Gas

From the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, KSAZ:

Drivers Head to Mexico For Cheaper Gas

Sunday, 18 Mar 2012

LOS ANGELES – As gas prices skyrocket, drivers are looking south of the border for some alternatives to ease the pain at the pump. But there’s growing concern that bargain-seekers could be putting their lives at risk.

The national average for a gallon of gas is hovering around $3.80 right now — $4.35 in California, according to AAA, and some analysts think it’ll keep climbing as we head into summer.

So it’s no wonder in cities along the border — people are driving into Mexico to fill up their tanks — where the price for a gallon of gas is around a $1.50 less.

"I do work with a lot of people who do go across the border for gas and other stuff, but they’re risking their lives. There’s no way I would do it," said Elizabeth Perdoza, a driver from El Paso.

And that’s one worry. The U.S. State Department has issued travel alerts because of drug cartel violence.

"It just goes to show how much Americans believe in low gas prices and how far they’re willing to go,” said Patrick Dehaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

People are risking their lives to save money on gas. Talk about ‘blood for oil.’

The reason it’s so cheap is because the Mexican government regulates prices.

Mexico subsidizes their oil and gas companies. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to end the ‘subsidies’ for US gas and oil companies, which are not even subsidies. They just pay the same tax rate that other manufacturers who deal in depleted resources get.

"The economy relies on cheaper gasoline, because residents can’t afford the higher cost,” Dehaan said.

And the US is different how?

But while the price may be right for some — the same can’t always be said about how good the product is.

“There may be an unknown quality of the gasoline that they’re purchasing in Mexico, and they certainly likely would void the warranty of their vehicles’ engines,” Dehaan said

And by "certainly likely" Mr Dehaan means it would never happen.

There’s no way to really track how many American drivers are going to Mexico for fuel — but analysts at GasBuddy.com estimate it’s in the thousands.

Once the word gets out, there will be a lot more.

By the way, this happened back in the summer of 2008, during the Bush Presidency. And it was breathlessly reported by the AP and the rest of the mainstream media.

But for some reason only a local Fox News affiliate is reporting the phenomenon now. Why is that? Especially, given that it is even more dangerous now to go South of the Border.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “US Drivers Head to Mexico For Cheaper Gas”

  1. BillK says:

    To be fair to the article, the dangers of using Pemex gas in a US car have been well known and documented for decades.

    However, with globalization and the fact that most Mexican vehicles now have the exact same engines as US market cars, the qualitative differences today may be minor to nonexistent.

  2. canary says:

    Billk “been well known and documented for decades”

    …that’s it’s not safe to drive your car across the border. You had to pay kids to guard your car or they will strip them.

    No doubt their lousy water in the gas tanks or something to make them stall, and most likely poor with clunkers would do this.

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