Air

@dfollin (12744)
United States
July 9, 2007 9:33pm CST
We are charged for air in the gas station to pump into our tires.I remember when I was a child,that air was free.A few years ago,I saw that they started charging for it.Do you think they should be charging for air?
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13 responses
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I think the air pumps should be a complimentary service that they provide. But you can't find too many of anything that offers complimentary services anymore.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
10 Jul 07
I would be nice if it was still free to get air to put into tires. I remember when it was free also and not to long ago. The gas is high enough as it already is.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Air, especially pure fresh air is a scarce commodity. Where in this world can you find a breath of Fresh air? The air over the north Pole is Polluted. I'm wondering how long we will be able to run our car tires on this polluted stuff we breathe every day? soon the tires will bump as we drive along the pavement. There will be too much heavy metal, and ozone in the tires for them to turn smoothly!
@dfollin (12744)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Lol.I never thought about that one.The air we are paying for to put in our tires is poluted.Lol
@icedventi (156)
• United States
11 Jul 07
There's one gas station that I know of in my city that still has free air. It's a good ten minutes away from us but my husband will drive to that one just to get it free. It's like, "You wanna waste gas just so you can save a quarter?!" I don't get it. But I guess that doesn't answer your question. I kind of think they should charge for air since it is their gas station and all but at the same time, it's just air.
@AmbiePam (49077)
• United States
10 Jul 07
It is still free here. I hope they don't start charging for it. I wouldn't be surprised, but for now it doesn't cost a thing. And it shouldn't cost anything. I think it is a gesture of goodwill for the gas station to allow customers to use the air pump for free.
@dfollin (12744)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Wow, where are you?
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
10 Jul 07
They are running a business and it does cost to have that service, much more than it did when we were kids and it was free. Back then a lot of the gas stations also pumped the gas for you at no charge and now if you want that(if you can find a station that offers it) you most likely have to pay extra.
@dfollin (12744)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Yeah,if you find a station that offers it....Good Luck.A few year's ago there was a few station that did full service,but only for extra money.There was one station I knew that was full service and did not charge extra.Then,I was in that area last year and they don't have it anymore.That's also less jobs.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I can remember back a while- I think they have been charging a quarter for air at most gas stations around here for 10+ years- I think it’s ridiculous also- but maybe it’s for the upkeep of the air machine- We have an air compressor so I don’t need to go buy it- I’m not sure what the cost is now- but I think it must be more than a quarter- if it was that back 10 years ago.
• United States
12 Jul 07
All the gas stations around here seem to charge for the air now too, which has changed from 10 years ago, when most of them didn't charge to use the compressor. We have a compressor at work, so I just use that for my tires. I also have a little compressor at home if we need to inflate anything there; so I'm not really bothered by the gas stations charging. Plus, if the ones at the gas stations break as often as the one we have at work, I can see why they charge for air now, they are a painin the butt to fix!
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I don't really know for sure what cost they incur on those pumps so its hard to say. It would be nice if the air were still free though.
• United States
12 Jul 07
They don't charge for air here where I live. I don't think they should either. I just don't understand why they would need to. It should be a free service at all gas stations. That would help get more business.
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I won't say they should not charge for air compressor services because they do have to pay for the operation cost for air service. But it would be nice if they charge ,this might attract more customer to their gas station and they can get an alternative profit from other product .
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Oh my gosh... air is still free here! How nuts is that! Anything to make a buck eh? I remember going to a toilet in Europe and had to pay for the toilet paper and I thought that was nuts. But at least there is a cost to them for paper. How much did that air cost them? A few cents for the power to pump it. Stupid. By the way toilet paper is still free here. LOL
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
10 Jul 07
They should not be charging for air. In fact where I live its against the law, they still charge for the air though. The city doesn't enforce the law, I think they should though. Its hard to find any gas stations that have free air. I carry in my trunk a small air compresser, it plugs into the cig. lighter. I only paid about $8 for it. It has paid for it self many times. Its nice to have with you in the car, its also great for the kids blow up toys.