U.S. (TGW) – Some U.S. gas stations with older pumps say their pump’s prices can’t go high enough for current gas prices past $4 a gallon.
Though most stations have computerized digital gas pumps, older mechanical pumps can only handle prices up to $3.99.
One side of the central pump at Bender's Oil Service in Lebanon is out of service because there is no 4 in the dollar column -- the pump can only handle prices up to $3.99.
"So we shut that side right down," said Kurt Kozikowski of Bender's Oil. "Now, luckily the rest of the pumps can go up to $5.99."
New pumps can cost up to $15,000 each and refurbished ones an upwards of $3,000.
"I remember when I used to get three gallons for a dollar," said resident Gene Bergeron. "The pumps couldn't handle $2 back then."
An Avon company that refurbishes pumps said it has about 1,700 of the pumps in its show and a 14-week backlog on orders.
Via :: WFSB