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Old August 12th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #81
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It's about a 30-gallon tank,
30 gallon? 120 litres? What kind of car do your dad drive, a city bus?
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #82
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I've never seen a fixating pump before, or at least i've never seen someone fill up without holding the pump.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #83
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I've never seen a fixating pump before, or at least i've never seen someone fill up without holding the pump.
There's a sort of clip that holds the handle in the on position. When it's full, it clicks loudly and the clip releases. You can then still "top off" if you like (I don't), but by actually holding the handle on.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #84
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There's a sort of clip that holds the handle in the on position. When it's full, it clicks loudly and the clip releases. You can then still "top off" if you like (I don't), but by actually holding the handle on.
This is the "no-no" i mentioned on the previous page.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:06 PM   #85
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30 gallon? 120 litres? What kind of car do your dad drive, a city bus?
I knew someone was gonna mention that... He drives a full-size pickup, a red 1995 chevy silverado. Old, beat up, and if he sells it it will NOT be a pre-owned vehicle, but a abused vehicle. He's a landscaper so he needs a work truck, and this one barely meets his needs; what he needs is a mini dump truck for landscapery materials (mulch, soil, plants...) plus a small 4x4 vehicle for passengery materials (his wife, my baby sister...)
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Old November 29th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #86
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This is the "no-no" i mentioned on the previous page.

I have tried it once and completely spill the gasoline over my shoes and pants.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #87
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I have tried it once and completely spill the gasoline over my shoes and pants.

You need to learn the trick Only hold it carefully. To become an expert start applying the the skill when fueling from start. Just hold so little that the counter moves at minimum. But I have only "topped of" with 1-3 liters, never more.




Btw, traveling in germany one summer. We stopped at a Shell station and a worker started fueling it for us. Didn't react on it much since but when he was done he gave us a round paper/card to show when paying for the fuel. I though it was a special price thing but it was 2 euro extra I think for the service he did. I think they should at least notify that it costs extra since it is something you can do yourself.

Never seen that kind of service again and of course I prefer "no-service" stations.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 10:42 AM   #88
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Most of the stations where I live seem to be self-service, although it used to be the other way around when I was little (which wasn't that long ago).

I guess it's because of safety reasons (apparently, petrol companies were having issues with attendants being attacked late at night).
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Old December 1st, 2013, 06:29 PM   #89
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Here in the Philippines, everything here is full-service.

If I were to make an assumption, I guess the discussion on full-service or self-service depends on the cost of human labor depending on the country.

Just my thoughts
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Old December 1st, 2013, 06:45 PM   #90
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In Brazil, it's 100% full-service as Suburbanist explained in the first page. It's much better, in my opinion. Clients don't even need to leave the car, and plus, the jobs: given there are 39,000 gas stations in Brazil, we are talking about 150,000-180,000 employees.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 09:14 AM   #91
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I've never seen a full-service petrol station in the UK, I doubt they exist, maybe back in the 1960s there were some.

I've also never seen a fully automated station, there is often facility to pay at pump using a card and I usually do this, but there is also the option to go to the counter which I sometimes do if I also want to pick up a drink, snack etc.
That is my experience in Germany as well. In my corner (= Eastern Bavaria) anyways.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:17 PM   #92
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In most parts of Europe, espeacially what you call Western Europe, there is afair only self-service (e.g. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain). I'm not quite sure with Portugal though... In Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia I didn't also see any full-service yet.

But you have full-service in Montenegro, Albania and Greece. And I guess also in Macedonia (can't remember), Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. In Bosnia and Herzegowina, you can find both.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 02:53 PM   #93
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This is the "no-no" i mentioned on the previous page.
Well, not in Germany. You just need to be careful. I absolutely hate having to hold the nozzle while refilling, not so much because of the physical aspect but because I have a low car so I have to stand hunched over the thing and breathe in the nice toxins. I prefer to refill without maxing out my lung cancer risk, thank you very much.
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 03:15 PM   #94
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In most parts of Europe, espeacially what you call Western Europe, there is afair only self-service (e.g. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain).
Italy has both, manned and self-service stations. Some are promiscuous, some are self-service only, some are manned only, some are manned during the day and self-service in nighttime and holidays.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 10:45 PM   #95
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In Spain almost all gas stations are self-service, but there's a little number of full service stations, and we haven't any automated station
BTW, what a silly OR law. They should declare that inconstitutional.
In Spain we have automated stations, a few of them, normally in Supermarkets like Carrefour or Eroski and them are self-service and automatic at the same time
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Old December 5th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #96
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In Germany self-service stations are the norm. I think I haven't seen a full service station since the early 80's.
Automated stations without staff are relatively rare though. These days gas stations make more money selling food, beverages and other products than by selling fuel. Modern gas stations look like small supermarkets. That's because the restrictive laws regarding opening hours for shops don't apply to gas stations making them effectively the only 24h / 7 days a week stores in Germany.
The trend seems to be to have as many pumps as possible combined with an understaffed cashier's desk in order to have a maximum of people spending much time in the shop so they might be tempted to buy something.

Some Shell stations have a man offering service. That costs extra so most customers usually decline. Some are quite "aggressive" in selling their service like Festin described above. I find that really annoying sometimes and it's actually a reason for me to avoid Shell when I have the choice.

While we're at it, I think it's interesing how payment works different at American and European gas stations. In Europe you usually just drive to the pump and start filling. Only afterwards you go to the cashier's desk and pay (fully automated pumps excluded). In the US they don't seem to trust their customers that much so you either have to pay in advance, give them your credit card beforehand or insert it into a machine prior to filling.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #97
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In Spain we have automated stations, a few of them, normally in Supermarkets like Carrefour or Eroski and them are self-service and automatic at the same time
And you have to quote a three year old post from me?

And yup, I know of a automated gas station around here.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 12:21 PM   #98
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In Romania we have both self-serve and full service. Usually there are 1-2 attendants at each fuel station that will fill up the car for you, but I always do it myself. The price is the same though, no matter if you do it or an employee does it.

I haven't seen no-service gas stations in Romania. All the time there are employees there and always you have to go inside the building to pay (no matter if you pay cash or by card).

At the LPG stations in Romania you always get full-service. You are not allowed to fill up the car with LPG by yourself. Same rule for LPG is in Italy, but in Slovenia I filled it up myself.
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Here in the Philippines, everything here is full-service.

If I were to make an assumption, I guess the discussion on full-service or self-service depends on the cost of human labor depending on the country.

Just my thoughts
Major gas stations such as Shell offered self-service back in the 80s.
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There are a few no-service gas stations in Romania (at least, there were a few years ago), one of them an the A2. Apparently, the idea didn't really catch on, so they are still very rare.
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