Credit card limit at gas station - new one on me!

@dawnald (84075)
Shingle Springs, California
June 9, 2008 5:35pm CST
My mini van just reached the $75 level when we tanked it. And to our surprise, the credit card that we usually use at the gas station has a $75 limit on it at the gas station. Has anybody else heard about such a thing?
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• United States
9 Jun 08
I think it's a card fraud tick. Since gas prices have been raising so rapidly, people who steal cards tend to get copious amounts of gas on the stolen card, so they have a cut off. I do believe they should raise the cut-off with the gas prices, though.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jun 08
I'm sure you're right and they are definitely going to have to raise it a bit!
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Like I mentioned in my post, I have never heard of this and I haven't had any problems thus far. If I did, I guess I would do two separate transactions and simply piss off the person waiting behind me.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jun 08
lol
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@rrdj71 (696)
• United States
9 Jun 08
YEP!! This just happened to my husband yesterday and I thought he was just yanking my chain. GO FIGURE!!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jun 08
huh - must be a common practice then!
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Are you serious? This is not good, since it costs me about $65 to fill up and my husband has to use premium.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Jun 08
ouch - you're almost there then! might not be all credit cards though!
• Nigeria
10 Jun 08
Coincidence. Coincidence is the name for such occurences. But frankly speaking, I don't believe in coincidence. I believe that whatever happens to anyone each day is either designed by God to happen that way or the person played a great role in allowing it to happen. For instance if you had just carefully looked at your card before u got to the station, u would hav discovered that it is $75. Goodluck dawnald. by the way, what is your real name? I beleive we're friends in myLot right?
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jun 08
We never needed to look before! My name is Dawn. Dawnald is just a play on words (Don is short for Donald and some people when they hear my name want to spell it Don).
• Nigeria
10 Jun 08
Thanks Dawn, what a sweet name; u just hav to be careful next time, after all the most important things of life, are usually the smallest and the greatest things of life are usually embedded in our finger tips. Cool down baby, but who knows, it might actually have been a blessing in disguise for the fact that the gas thing happened with the $75 cc. think back very well, did something nice happen to u after that? Just a thought.
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
10 Jun 08
What the heck? NO I have never heard of such a thing, although one practice I do know of involves the credit card company or bank putting up to a $50 hold clearance when you use the card at a pump, and if you don't have that much available, even if you're only actually buying $15 of gas, it could decline. I don't know what the point is of this either but I know several people it happened to. Same thing at an Enterprise rental, my husband says they put a hold on an additional amount of money even if you're not really spending it. I use my debit card as a cc at the pump because I never carry cash and I can't leave little kids in the car while I run in to pay anyway, it is too hot and I'm paranoid. I wonder if it's different if you have a separate gas credit card, I don't but I've wondered from time to time if it might be a good idea.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jun 08
maybe it would!
• United States
10 Jun 08
Crips, Dawn. That bites. I do not use a credit gas card, why would you concern yourself to much with the limit when it never cost you that much to fill up....75.00 for a tank of gas. Good grief are we going to survive this? I am thinking a horse might be in order. can't cost that much a day to feed one.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jun 08
Hm, can't put 5 people on a horse, but maybe we could get 2 and a wagon! :-)
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes, I do know what you are talking about because I saw this on a gas pumps this past weekend. It also states that you can start a new transaction after you have reached the $75 limit.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jun 08
higher prices comes with the privilege of having to do things twice to fill the tank! fun...
• United States
9 Jun 08
I think I've heard of that before. It was mostly when gas was a lot cheaper. I know that people who have motor homes used to complain about there being a limit when they went to pump gas. I've also heard something like the pumps won't go over $99, either. But, that's gotta change because when I go to the gas station, most people seem to be pumping at least $60 or $70 now just for an average car. And, I'm sure vehicles like trucks are pumping even more.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jun 08
I guess you'd just have to tank it, pretend you've finished and then tank the rest. But that could get to be a real pain!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Consider yourself lucky! Our debit card only allows $35 to be pumped at one time. In the car I had that gave me 3/4 of a tank if I was filling it from empty so hat's not too bad but s/o's truck costs a full $100 more than that to fill from low!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jun 08
That would be lovely. Well I guess I could pump 1/2 tank on one card, 1/2 tank on the next one. lol
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
9 Jun 08
No this is a new one on me.And if that is the case, more families may be getting into trouble at the pumps. I wonder why this would be, seems a strange practice to me. But then again spending 50-75$ or more to fill up is a new thing for all of us. Thanks for the heads up.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jun 08
Guess I could call the credit card company and see if they will up it to $100. OUCH!
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I had totally forgotten about this until I came across this post but I now remember hearing on a financial tips show quite some time ago about how some credit cards have that kind of limit at gas stations, I have no idea why, but they said at the time that most people weren't aware of it because you never need to spend that much on gas! Welcome to 2008! Annie