An article in the Amarillo Globe News on 09/03/2007 attempted to explain why our gas prices are so high in Amarillo http://www.amarillo.com/stories/090207/new_8257643.shtml
Points of Interest:
The article maintained middle ground by pointing out that Petroleum producers and retailers have their hands tied because they pay more for the oil/gas because Amarillo is in a different "region" than the rest of the state.
Amarillo is in the Gulf Coast Region, the cheapest region when it comes to gas pricing in the nation... Amarillo's gas price is higher than any region's average retail price, including California, New York, Florida... ANYWHERE!!!!! Last month, the most expensive region's average was $2.71 while Amarillo sat at almost $3.00 per gallon.
The article shows wholesale prices of gas in Texas cities.
Retailers in Amarillo only pay 6 cents more per gallon than Lubbock, yet they charge consumers 30 cents more per gallon of gas than retailers are charging per gallon in Lubbock.
Credit Cards: Charges levied by credit card companies was one of the excuses. These same credit card fees are levied to all convenience stores across the nation, not just Amarillo. Not a good excuse to justify our extremely higher prices here in the panhandle.
Entire Panhandle is high: Article points out that entire panhandle has high prices. It doesn't point out that Amarillo is higher than most of the smaller towns in the panhandle, even though those smaller towns get their gas from distributors located right here in Amarillo.
There is a map in the article that showed prices around Texas and Oklahoma City
Greg Mitchell, the owner of Tootntotum, was recently at an art auction. After purchasing an expensive piece of art, he commented to his friends that he would just "raise the prices of gas in Amarillo tomorrow to make up for it". No one laughed at his joke, just silence. In an interview with an Amarillo radio station Mr Mitchell was asked why gas prices were rising when fuel being sold now was purchased at cheaper prices. Mitchell replied, "The only people complaining are the ones who don't work hard enough to be successful."
It is this philosphy of lining his pockets that is keeping Amarillo's gas prices as high as possible. There is no reasoning that explains why gas prices in Amarillo are consistently more expensive than almost every other town in the panhandle. www.GasBuddy.com will show you that Amarillo is more than $.60/gallon higher than Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.
"On June 26th 2007 I took my car to get washed. After my car came out of the tunnel from the car wash, Everthing was fine. however when the employees were drying my car. With a towel ,they happedn to spary an acid base chemical on my rims causinf damage to the rims and the rotors and cataplers. I own a BMW therefore the damages are well over $3500.
I filled out a report with them, they said it acid was poured on it and they didnt wash it off. Pictures were taken of the damages, On August 13th 2007 after many weeks from not hearing from them. I get a call from Jeff Mitchell the owners son. Telling my he is not going to take responsiablity of this at all.