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Gas prices drop below $2

Station owner calls it a ‘bailout’ for motorists

Posted: November 20, 2008 10:01 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2008 10:22 a.m.

A sign at AutoSpa Car Wash and Chevron in Valencia advertises the price for a gallon of unleaded fuel with the purchase of a car wash Thursday.

If a clean car doesn't convince motorists to get a wash, then $1.89 gas will, said a Valencia gas station owner.

The AutoSpa Car Wash at the Chevron station on Valencia Boulevard offered gas for $1.89 per gallon with the purchase of a $14 car wash Thursday.

Motorists lined up to cash in on a deal they haven't seen in years.

"I really like it. It's a good deal. Why not take advantage?" Reyna Nunez said. Her Dodge pickup truck normally takes $60 to fill. As car wash employees drove her truck back for a wash and fill-up, Nunez, 24, guessed it would take $50 to fill the tank with the special price.

"Last summer was terrible," she said. "It was almost $100 to fill my tank."

A line snaked through the station and workers scrambled to fill car wash orders.

"We want to give a break to loyal customers and save them money," said Randy Cressall, station owner. The gas station doesn't profit in the cheap gas, but makes up for it with the car wash, he said.

"Frankly, in this economy, people are not washing their cars," Cressall said. "People have a hunker-down mentality."

Soaring gas prices drove Kelly Myers, 32, from her SUV into a BMW last summer.

"This is the cheapest I've seen," she said.

The discounted gas helps, but with a commute that takes her to Orange County, Myers said she still spends too much.

Some customers didn't take advantage of the deal, but said they will in the near future.

"My tank is already full," Claudia McCarthy said. Car wash employees detailed her black SUV while she waited near the fountain in front of the station. "I'll probably be back for a wash and fill-up. I hear gas prices might go up again."


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