Most of us likely assume that the gas pump that is providing petrol is giving you the fuel that you pay for – no more or less. While that may be true in most cases, ABC News in Baltimore, Maryland proves that sometimes pumps do bad things to good people.

The report details Maryland state gas station inspections that have revealed over 4,000 defective pumps over the last four years. In all, that's between five and six percent of the 40,000 gas pumps in Maryland, or way too many error-prone pumps for our tastes.

While our primary concern is that customers aren't getting what they pay for, it seems the gas station owners are more likely to get the short end of the stick. The report claims that station owners are three times more likely to lose money than the customer. Scroll down to watch the ABC News report.



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      JD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, more good Autoblog math: 40,000 * .05 = 4,000 Why isn't our children learning??
        Just Stuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JD
        Why isn't our children learning? You tell us.
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JD
        lol! I'm sure they miscalculated, everyone knows that 4000 is really only 5-6% of 20000!
        icerabbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JD
        LOL ... I agree ... the children has got to learn ;) I cringed when I heard that on TV when it was said ...
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's Maryland -- like we need any further reasons to avoid it...........
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      When did 4,000 of 40,000 pumps become 5-6%... are the writers here also in charge of the U.S. budget?
      pallentx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shouldnt the headline read "ABC: Thousands of rejected/condemned gas pumps in use, could give you free gas" ?
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pallentx
        If only that was just as likely, but that's not how the world works. If something is costing the company money, it gets fixed. If it's costing the customer money, it will stay that way until a regulatory body intervenes or until people boycott.
          Nemebean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          Not according to the article: "The report claims that station owners are three times more likely to lose money than the customer."
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      sweeps!!!!
      oly va ha
      • 2 Years Ago
      4,000 is 5-6% of 40,000???? come on guys....10%
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most gas pumps give a small amount of free gas if you know how to get it. Pull the pump off the holder, put it in your gas tank. *don't yet press any buttons for fuel selection* Put your right hand on the pump and start squeezing the trigger up and down quickly. Now press the fuel selection lever while continuing to squeeze the trigger quickly. If you did it right, the *instant* the pump turns on and starts pumping, you'll get a nice shot of gas before the meter starts ticking. It only works if the handle is in the process of being squeezed at precisely the point when the pump turns on. It's only about 15-30 cents since it's just a quick burst, but it's not metered and you start from 00.00. If you fill up each day this could add up.
        Car Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What you call "give a small amount of free gas" the rest of us call stealing -- assuming your lame brain idea even works.......
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Seeing that AcidTonic posted it it doesn't.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where I used to live there was a little gas station that when the temp got into the single digits would pump fuel but the ticker wouldn't move. Instead of putting $10 in it, I'd fill her to the brim on those days. Yes, it's dishonest, but I'm already going to Hell for much worse things than that.
      XEVIOUS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Common guys, NOW you look into this, something thats been obvious for YEARS!!. Regardless of the regulations the station employees know not only how to rig the pump but also trick the computers that regulate the output. This is a far more rampant problem than people would believe. More than enough time ive gone to various gas stations and got far less fuel than my payed amount would have concluded. The pumps give a price per gallon but its clear to see when you get less gas from a pump charging less per gallon oppose to those which cost more and somehow you wind up with more gas for the same spent amount. I Find shell gas stations to be pretty accurate. As well as those affiliated with Costco/ sam's/ walmart and other wholesale outlets despite the inicial lowered cost. BP is overpriced, RaceTrack is great. Theres also the issue of quality of gasoline. as in.. are you getting whats advertised, 87 89 93 98 etc, Of the good stations i mentioned you get whats displayed, but MANY station only stock 87 and 89 and use 89 for 93 and 98 octane's!! First hint of this is noticing by smell the quality of gas. and YES you can smell the difference as well as knowing your cars performance. Is there a fix to all this, no not really, as long as the pumps function as they are they can be rigged. Is all this Eco stuff a solution? NO not really, Eco gas, or hybrids electrics what have you is GREAT for the environment Which is GOOD and needed, but the fact is THE SIMPLE FACT is. IF all vehicles all of a sudden get all efficient. Our own government and Cities will find other ways to -continue- to collect the same amount of revenue it was pulling from you from taxing the gas. A car runs on water, Water goes up in price. A car runs on sea water! legislation is made to make it illegal for you to collect sea water. Car runs on electricty, electricity goes up in price from demand. (some stations run on diesel) You car runs on air, goverment demands an air quality tax. Rest assured theres some money grubbing worm out there always looking for a scheme to get rich regardless if its right or wrong. And never forget.. Your gov and state and city taxes gas, and accounts for 60% of the price of gas. something most people dont know!
      brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember my grand-father kicking up a stink when I was younger when his BP 5L-Can came up to 4.9L with a reading on the metre of 5L
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is such old news. I ALWAYS had this paranoia on the perfection of digital reading and inaccurate analog means of liquid measurement, this is BS. Stupid dusty old 1980's looking pumps on modern stations, f*** this.
      pyro1730
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should bring back the visible gas pumps of the 1930's that way you can see what you are getting
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pyro1730
        It would take all of a half an hour before some aholes busted the glass on them to try and be cool/funny. One of the many reasons we can't have nice things in the world
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