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Small Change Spikes Gas Prices

MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Gas prices are on the rise in the Corridor since the middle of September. Even the differences between the different octane levels have changes. It all starts at the oil refineries. In September, they stopped shipping 87 and 89-Octane. Now, to get the gas you need for your car, itll cost you a bit extra.

The 87 and 89-Octane is all coming in as 84-Octane, said General Manager of Guppys on the Go, Adam Smith.

Simply put, oil refineries can get more out of every barrel of oil if they just produce the lower octane. But Iowa doesnt allow anything less than 87-Octane to be sold and put in cars. That means to make 87 and 89-Octane, the 84 needs to be mixed with Premium or Ethanol. That process costs money and hits the consumer at the pump.

"When you spend over 100 bucks in a week in gas like I used to, you think about that," said Marion Resident Danielle Leger.

It also creates more separation in price between the octane levels.

"While you're seeing your E-87 actually be under three dollars right now, your other ones are going to have a 20, 30, 40-cent spread between them, said Smith.

Thats thanks to having to use the higher price Premium. The saving grace is that Smith says many of the blends work in many different cars, especially newer ones. Since Iowa is one of the last states to make the conversion, if youve done any traveling, youve probably already used the blends in your gas tank.

That said, many motorists are driven the most by their bottom line.

"I just put in the cheapest gas I mean I was told that was OK for my car to use so that's what I use, said Hiawatha resident Jared Rieck.

Smith says some customers blame the individual stations for the spike. To combat that, Guppys on the Go has started to post pie charts showing exactly what the store makes each time you fill up. It comes out to about 1% of the money spent at the pump goes to the store.
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