Where to find the cheapest gas on the North Fork for Memorial Day weekend

05/27/2011 6:11 AM |

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Jamesport.

Looking to fill up your gas tank before a long drive out of town this holiday weekend?

You might want to stop at the Valero gas station on Main Road in Jamesport, which at $3.93 a gallon for regular gas, had the cheapest price in town Thursday, according to www.Longislandgasprices.com.

The Empire gas station on Main Road in Mattituck also advertised $3.93 a gallon for regular.

At $3.97 a gallon, the Hess gas station on Main Road in Mattituck had the second lowest price for regular gas in Southold Town Thursday, according to the database.

Those prices are lower than the Long Island average of $4.085 for regular gas, though that still 15 cents more than the national average of $3.808. Just be sure to hit the ATM or get cash back from the supermarket before filling up; the stations charge extra for credit.

One man from Mastic said he had waited until running an errand on the North Fork to fill up his tank in Jamesport. He said the price was four cents lower than in his hometown.

“I just saved 40 cents,” he said as a gas attendant pumped 10 gallons into his van. “”It adds up at the end of the year.”

The U.S.  average is down nine cents from this time last week, but up from last year’s price of $2.771 for regular gas, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report.

“Traditionally prices tend to drop right before Memorial Day,” said Fred Rozell, director of retail pricing for Oil Price Information Service. “In the next 30 days you can expect to see price go down slightly because the whole sale prices are decreasing.”

The lowest fuel price in all of Long Island was at Gas Sale in Central Islip at $3.88 for regular gas.

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2 Comment

  • You should mention that the Hess price is for cash or credit. The prices at the other stations are for cash only; you need to pay about another 2.5% to use your credit or debit card. Not sure why the rest of the world charges the same price for cash or credit. Just another example of the oil industry doing their own thing. Can you imagine what would happen if you went to the supermarket, the hairdresser or the golf course and they told you that you needed to pay 2.5% more for their goods or services if you wanted to use your credit/debit card.

  • I agree Ken, and guess what? There would be no ” business as usual” if consumers had to pay extra to use their credit or debit card. Another rip-off is the fee at the ATMs…I avoid them. Consider this: We are being charged for convenience, after all, it is our money.