May 8, 2011, 6:08 AM
Post #1 of 10
I'm home after travel from Catemaco, south of Veracruz, to San Carlos and back. Drove mostly all cuota roads and I have nothing to report except the shrimp in Guaymas are the same price as here except they sell them without the heads making them a little cheaper.
I followed the advice given on one of these forums about buying gas and it's possible I did better at the pump. Some steps were taken to give the impression that I was not an easy target. A fillup in an RV is quite a few pesos and an older woman traveling alone may be considered fair game. At one station the attendants were actually waving and calling out for me to come into their lanes. Following the advice I discontinued my usual practice of asking for a specified peso amount, but I wasn't about to ask for so many liters. Each time I got out with the key and opened the filler door, removing the cap myself so I knew it would be in place when I left or still in my hand. After asking in spanish to fill it up, I then watched the pump start with zeros.
My last concern was paying with exact bills so I would not have to deal with accepting the correct change. To overcome this I turned on the ignition key and watched the fuel gauge. One astute attendant asked me why I did this and I simply said it wasn't functioning properly. When the tank was close to full, I figured the total amount and asked him to stop at 600, 700 or 800 pesos prepared to give him the exact amount.
If it is true, the Secretaria de Economia has calculated that Pemex customers received 9.5 % less gasoline than the amount shown on the pumps then supposedly I insured that I got exactly what I paid for instead of being shorted when the pump was set to a specific peso amount. Quien sabe.
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