Randomness (r_ness) wrote,
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Taking advantage of Pemex's subsidized fuel prices.

When I was in Tecate recently I saw that gasoline prices in were significantly cheaper than they were across the border, and I was wondering if Americans were crossing into Mexico for gas.

Duh.

From http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/fuel_86316___article.html/gas_pemex.html:

With gas prices climbing, Texans fuel up at Pemex
May 1, 2008 - 11:43PM
By Laura Tillman/The Brownsville Herald
Over the past year Pemex gas station attendant Juan Alvarado has seen a jump in the number of motorists with United States license plates crossing the border the fuel up.

As of last year, he estimates that about 30 percent of his clients at the station, located on Calle Sexta in Matamoros, were from the United States. Today, he says that figure sits somewhere between 60 and 70 percent.

Ordinarily, the price differential might not be worth crossing the border for, since a roundtrip ticket to cross the B & M International Bridge costs $4.00.

But with gas in Mexico at $2.70 per gallon - compared to $3.49 in the Brownsville on Thursday - even after the expense of crossing the bridge, a driver with a 30-gallon tank can still save $20.
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