Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gas Prices Too High for Old Pumps

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

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