Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Get Gas - Toyota Service Information To Know in Salem, OR

Choosing where to refuel your Toyota isn't always easy, especially in a state like Oregon! From deciding which gas station has the best gas to trying to figure out if you'll have to use a self-serve pump in the state, there are some important things to know about choosing where to get gas. We'll cover four of these things below. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

A person gives the thumbs-up sign as they refuel their car.

4. Consider Choosing TOP TIER™ Gasoline

Pure gasoline is pretty much all the same. However, what you get from the pump isn't pure gasoline. By law, all companies selling gas have to add in a certain amount of detergents and additives. There are many brands that will only add the bare minimum of what is required, and then there are TOP TIER™ brands. These gasoline producers include additional detergents designed to help your engine run cleaner and better. If a gas station sells TOP TIER™ gas, it will have a prominently displayed logo. This logo means you can always count on high quality.

A gas station on a rainy evening, with no attendants in sight.

3. Be Sure To Give Yourself a Choice

It's a good rule of thumb to refuel when your vehicle is at about a quarter tank. Part of this is because fuel gauges aren't always 100% accurate, so it's better to be on the safe side. But another reason it's a good idea is so that you can choose where to get gas. If you're running on fumes and the only gas station nearby is in disrepair (which could mean that water is contaminating the gas tank), you may be stuck between a rock and a hard place. But if you give yourself enough time, you'll be able to choose the filling station instead of having the filling station choose you.

Four different gas nozzles.

2. Know Whether You Can Pump Your Own Gas

Whether you're a native Oregonian who has known nothing but full-service gas stations or you've recently moved and are still getting used to the idea, there's been a lot of confusion lately over whether you can pump your own gas. In general, the answer is no, but there are a few exceptions.

If you drive a motorcycle, a motor scooter, or a diesel vehicle, you're allowed to pump your own gas. So far, so good. But just recently, a new law went into effect allowing all drivers to pump their own gas . . . but only in counties with fewer than 40,000 people. This means that you won't find any self-serve gas stations in Marion or Polk Counties, but you may in neighboring Wasco or Jefferson Counties. But even here, you won't always have to choose self-serve: if the gas station has a snack store or other non-car-related retail operation attached, it's required to keep at least one attendant on duty between six in the morning and six in the evening.

1. Make Sure You Choose the Right Pump

If you're pumping gas for the first time, selecting the right pump might be tricky. The instructions themselves are pretty intuitive, but there are so many options even beyond octane rating. You might see gas pumps labeled E85 or E15, for example. We've put together a page about different types of gasoline, but the most important thing to know is that you should check your owner's manual. It will tell you what kind of fuel your Toyota needs.

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