5 reasons why you should avoid getting gas at Costco

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  • Gas at Costco is almost always cheaper than what you'd find at other gas stations in the US.

  • But Costco isn't necessarily the best place for every American to get gas.

  • Here are five reasons why it might not make sense for you to get your gas at Costco.

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Costco has hundreds of gas stations spread out across the United States, and the company enjoys the fierce loyalty of millions of customers who swear by the reliably cheap gas Costco offers.

And indeed, the gas for sale at a Costco is almost always lower priced than that available at nearby stations.

But Costco is not necessarily the best place for every American to get gas.

In fact, if you don't drive enough to require at least 35 fill-ups each year, you may well lose money getting gas from Costco — assuming you buy the $60 annual membership just for access to the fuel. And unless you like the idea of potentially waiting up to a half hour to fill your gas tank, you might want to pay a few cents extra for an in-and-out gas purchase from one of the stations on the corner.

Here are five reasons you should avoid buying gas from Costco, despite its cheap prices.

You might wait in line for a very long time

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