Gas Stations

Gas Stations

I have gone to a gas station twice with my Model S: once, to clean the back windshield (no wiper) and once to put air in the tires. Both times I have felt kind of guilty, like it wasn't fair for me to be using the ancillary services of the station without pumping gas.

Am I crazy? What will be the social norm here?

Xerogas | July 12, 2013

I feel bad about it even when driving an ICE car, if I'm not buying anything (gas, food) at the same time. Maybe you could go in and buy a snack to assuage your guilt ;)

redders | July 12, 2013

Yeah. I feel bad for the ICE drivers and gas station owners too. For about a second, then I go back to zooming past them.

hnashif | July 12, 2013

I am sure you have a long history of buying their poison. Also, keep in mind that they continue polluting your environment. I would not feel bad about it. If the station is busy, I would pull into a parking spot instead of a pumping stall as a courtesy to other drivers.

TomasT | July 12, 2013

At least park your car next to the pump and fake it like your putting some gas in the tailpipe connector! LOL

David70 | July 12, 2013

Don't feel bad about not buying gas. There's a lot bigger profit margin on snacks, etc. purchased at gas stations than there is on the gasoline.

ppape | July 12, 2013

I just went to my local gas station to clean my windshields as well. I figure the last 10 years of gas payments buys me some soapy water to clean the windows once in a while. Maybe I'll even buy a brush-less car wash so they don't feel too bad that I don't have to buy gas from them anymore.

I often wonder if the other customers even notice that my car has no gas tank . . . After all, when most people ask me, "what kind of car is that?" I reply, "Tesla". Their next question is usually "Tesla hah, who makes that?"

Brian H | July 12, 2013

True, that. The station owners should love you for just buying high-margin junk food!

bent | July 13, 2013

With the Roadster, I go to gas stations to wash it (which they charge for), or hoover the inside (which they charge for), or beg them for a 230V/32A charge-up (which takes so long to do anything useful I always end up buying something there while I wait, and I also ask how much I owe them for the electricity before I leave which is invariably "nothing").

Gas stations still have a purpose, although, they'd be just as useful to me if they were just "stations". Would be nicer smelling too that way.

Rose stations. I'd like rose stations.

KendallPB | July 13, 2013

I wouldn't feel bad; I'm sure ICE drivers also sometimes stop and don't get gas (or snacks!).

Most or all stations I go to for air in the tires charge for it--definitely don't feel bad about that. ;-)