Gas Prices Low in Lubbock, Still Higher in Surrounding Cities

While gas prices are low in Lubbock, at just around $3.00 for a gallon of regular, some surrounding cities are still seeing a higher price tag.
While gas prices are low in Lubbock, at just around $3.00 for a gallon of regular, some surrounding cities are still seeing a higher price tag.

"It's still high in a lot of areas," Carla Castro said.

Castro works out of Lubbock, but said she travels around the area for her job, which often takes her to some surrounding towns. She said she always tries to fill up wherever it's cheapest, usually in Lubbock.

"There was no way I was going to spend that kind of money because I know that Lubbock is a lot cheaper than some of the other areas, and I'm always able to at least keep a little extra in the tank just to get there," Castro said.

She's not the only work searching for cheaper prices. Mandy Slaton recently went on a road trip to Dallas, and said she tried to find the best prices along the way.

"It's definitely better here. I like filling up here than on the road," Slaton said. " We paid attention on the way down there, and you know, made sure we tried to hit those places on the way back, because it was kind of amazing the fluctuation on the way."

We called around to see what the prices were for a gallon of unleaded gas in other cities. One station in Matador said unleaded there is $3.39. One station in Seminole reported it at $3.59, while a different station said unleaded goes for $3.65.  A gas station in Denver City said they sell it for $3.59.

Charles Bolton, co-owner of Bolton Oil, said it's fairly common to see prices in smaller cities be higher than in the bigger city, like Lubbock.

"Smaller towns are historically going to be higher than a larger metropolitan area, and that's just the way it is, because in order for them to survive, they've gotta make some money," Bolton said.  "In your small area towns, those people are just basically trying to survive."

"Depends on their market, and how much they actually sell. If the cost of fuel goes down, rapidly, and they're stuck with a load of fuel that they paid a lot of money for, they don't really want to lose money on that, so they'll keep those prices up until they actually sell that fuel.," Bolton said.

Bolton goes on to explain competition and size of market play into price. "More fuel you sell, then you can get by on making less per gallon, then if you just sell a little bit," Bolton said. "We all gotta make enough money to stay around, and that's what it boils down to."

Castro said she even has an app on her phone to help guide her to good gas prices in the area. Other sites that list prices based on people sending them in are GasBuddy, Motor Trend, or AAA.
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