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Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« on: September 28, 2014, 07:11:24 PM »
Do any of Y'all have any full service, Service Stations left near you?
Here's a story in our paper about the closing of one of ours. We still have 2 left. Pretty rare.
I know a lot of you guys remember them….I do….My Grand-paw ran one.

http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/09/27/6366092/with-closing-of-jacksons-only.html?sp=%2F100%2F101%2F&ihp=1
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2014, 07:16:13 PM »
I miss them ,when I first came to Florida in the early 60ts ,for 25 cents a gallon for gas they washed the windsheild ,checked the oil and vacuumed the floor
Wow that was a long time ago :( :(
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2014, 07:20:52 PM »
We have one located in a town about 15 miles from us, they call themselves "full-service", however the only thing they do extra is just pump your gas, and the gas is $.11/gal higher than the gas station across the street!   :o
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 07:35:52 PM »
I used to work at one while going to high school.  Pump gas, clean windshields, check oil, charge batteries, change or plug tires.  In the winter you also had to keep plowing snow with a shovel. Thanks for the memories. :)
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 07:40:54 PM »
It's been a while since there were any full service pumps around here. It used to be the pumps closest to the store were full. I think it was only Mobil that still had them, and about ten years ago they all went away. A friend of mine from high school used to work part time at one. I don't think I could master saying to a customer "Ma'am, your gas hole is on the wrong side.".
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 07:55:32 PM »
There use to be one next to a freeway when we head out of state. Have not been that way for 10 years.Always made me want to stop in and get a tire fixed. This is a gas station with a service bay. I can't think of any of them around here. Seem like they always had glass panels in the over head doors. And the hose you drove over would ding!! Man I miss that.
In the small town that I grew up in we have 2 full service gas stations. One only has gas,the other has cigarettes and lottery tickets.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2014, 07:58:26 PM »
Almost all of the service bays around here have been converted into convenience stores, assuming they didn't just tear the whole place down and start over.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2014, 08:07:15 PM »
We have 3 ;D
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2014, 09:20:52 PM »
When we were in Oregon a week ago, needed fuel so I pulled into what I thought was a self serve. I did the credit card thing put the nozzle in and started to pump fuel when a young man rushed up and said that I can't do the fueling. He said that it was against the law there to pump your own fuel. So what do you do? Let them do it. bg

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2014, 10:02:01 PM »
I think it's also a law in New Jersey that the attendant has to pump it for you.
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2014, 10:06:33 PM »
That happened to me, too. I thought it was NY but it may have been NJ. I thought, what the heck?

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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2014, 10:10:11 PM »
It's been a couple years but I remember it being about 20 cents per gallon less expensive than neighboring states also.
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2014, 10:24:19 PM »
In 1971 I went to Sunoco's "Service Station Management School" in Dayton Ohio for 5 weeks. They paid me $90. a week to attend!
I had a 3 bay, 3 island station ready to lease BUT could not come up with the $3500. (secured with inventory) needed for the lease.
The class covered valuable business management information that I am probably still  using today with my unrelated business.
I worked (for free!) in a neighborhood gas station when I was 12 years old. The owner let us hang out and pump gas, check/add oil, change/repair tires and even jack up and tear down brake jobs which he would put back together.
Those days were really great!
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2014, 10:27:55 PM »
We still have one in our little town, no vacuuming but you do get your windows washed.  StimW, it's a shame those days are gone, my daughter couldn't even get a job (legally) until she was 15  ::) ::).

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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2014, 11:45:08 PM »
New Jersey did get this one right all your gas is pumped by attendent.  Oregon is the only other state by law it has to be pumped for you. Best of all gas is now down to $2.99 per gallon now.
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2014, 11:48:56 PM »
Remember these? You crank the dial to the desired air pressure, lift the hose off the hanger which opened the air valve and fill your tire.


http://www.bobs-garage.com/gasboybob/ram.htm


I try buy gas at local stations that provide free air. I see some places around me charging a buck for air that would barely inflate a beach ball!
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2014, 12:33:49 AM »
Believe it or not in Oregon you have to pass a written test to be able to pump your own gas! It actually has questions like "True or false you can check the gas level in a tank with a lit match".  I could not believe it when I had to take it to be able to pump our ranch fuel. Good news is you can pump diesel without passing the test.
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2014, 01:15:49 AM »
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I try buy gas at local stations that provide free air. I see some places around me charging a buck for air that would barely inflate a beach ball!
Out here, all the stations starting putting quarter slots on the air pumps.  There were very few stations with free air.  Now there is a little sign on the side of the pump (and they still take quarters) that states the station must provide free air to its customers who buy gas.  Kind of a pain, but you have to go inside to ask the attendant at the register to push the start button.  And then go back again because it stops before you can fill two tires...
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2014, 02:55:04 AM »
I have 2 in town, but they are known for watering down gas. There is another one that's a gas station/car wash/ 3 bay garage. I don't think you could pay them to pump your gas though.
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2014, 05:11:16 AM »
Keep up, it's called a "Forecourt Concierge" now.  :D

But the Z chain here in NZ have it at all their stations between 10 & 5. The other stations often have it as well, to keep up. This is only happened over the last couple of years. Of course all the bigger stations are more convenience stores, with "barista" coffee and actually edible food. Much better profit margin on that sort of stuff  ;)

As for servicing your car. Modern cars are so high tech that your really need to leave that to the experts. Tyres? I think every car I've owned has used a different size tyre. So you go to a specialist for that too.

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