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Low Prices Make Scarsdale Gas Station Popular

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Hillary Donn drove from White Plains to Scarsdale Tuesday afternoon to fill her car up at the Gulf Station on Scarsdale Avenue because of its low gasoline prices.

“This little gem beats them all,” said Donn, a realtor who drives often throughout Westchester County. “I drive down from White Plains all the time to fill up here.”

Local taxi drivers know it, nearby residents know it and, according to the Steve Carmona, assistant manager at the full-service gas station and garage, even customers from the Bronx know to come to this Scarsdale location to fuel up at a discount.

“It’s common knowledge that they have the lowest prices around,” long-time Scarsdale resident Carole Schwalbe said. “So of course I come here to save money.”

The neighboring Shell station listed prices at seven cents more per gallon for regular gasoline than Gulf’s $3.879 for buyers using credit cards. Cash prices at the Gulf Tuesday afternoon were $3.799, $3.995 and $4.059 for regular, plus and premium grades, respectively.

Carmona said he is able to offer lower prices because the store's owner imports the fuel directly from the supplier rather than dealing with wholesale distributors that other gas retailers have to go through. He emphasized that the gas is certified by Gulf Oil.

Several regular clients said the lines are routinely long for the Gulf station during the morning commute, pointing to a sign on the street urging motorists to not block the driveway to the Shell station.

Thomas Rajiv was one of the three Central Taxi cars filling up at Carmona’s station around 4 p.m. He said for the past three years that he has been driving a cab locally, the Gulf on Scarsdale Avenue “is the place to fill up. Always.”

Gas prices in general have been on a downward trend since May, according to GasBuddy.com, which has visitors listing the equivalent $3.79 price at two other gas retailers in Scarsdale. However, MotorTrend.com reported $3.90 as the lowest price in the village, with most other retailers listed as close to $4 or above.

A MasterCard report released Tuesday noted gasoline demand nationwide dropped 1.1 percent last week compared to the year before, though pump prices remained 32.6 percent higher for the same period a year ago.

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