The Price Of Air

A pal of mine went to top up his car tyres yesterday. Normally, he’d go to Sainsburys, where the air is free (so to speak), but the queues were silly (have you noticed that there seem to be petrol supply problems all over the place at the moment?) so he went to the BP at Charlton, where it costs 20p a go.

He prepared the car first, by getting nice and close and taking off the little caps, and he’s a fast air-applier, but he still only managed to do three tyres before it ran out and he had to put another 20p in the slot.

Am I being cynical, or has someone at BP actually made the effort to work out how long it takes the average customer to do three of their four tyres and timed the squirter appropriately?

20p? It’s not even fresh air. But he did say it was a good pressure. You gets what you pay for.


11 Comments to “The Price Of Air”

  1. Russ Bowes says:

    Sounds like a job for…….. The Informed Consumer

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  2. Dazza says:

    If you fill your car tyres with Hot air does it make your car lighter?

  3. Maze Hill Jerry says:

    I have always filled my tyres with water – it offers greater efficiency when it comes to rolling resistance as it is non-compressible.

  4. Douglas says:

    The air machines are a rip-off. The charged for models replaced the previous free ones at BP last year. They are incredibly unreliable and prone to malfunction – avoid!

  5. daveh48 says:

    Get a foot pump and it'll help you to keep fit too.

  6. Christian says:

    Noticed that Tesco Garage at Surrey Quays is also now charging for air. Shocking.

  7. Gwladys Street says:

    Its a quid for water with a bit of screen wash detergent in it at some places too.

    Garages should be legally bound to supply free air and water which both contribute to road safety.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Agree the contribution to safety of having well maintained vehicles is v.important, however someone has to pay for the electricity / equipment to provide said air / water. Get real folks!

  9. Gwladys stays real says:

    "however someone has to pay for the electricity / equipment to provide said air / water."

    How about the people who are, presumably, making profit out of the garage being required to provide this as a condition of operating their premises?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Don't know why a petrol expectation should be expected to make your car roadworthy? Maybe they should provide oil changes and MOTs too??

  11. daveboden says:

    Air and water should be free at petrol stations, provided as a condition of the license to sell petrol. It's a matter of safety. More importantly, the machines should be working at least 300 days a year (again, as a condition of the license). I can't count the number of times I've gone to petrol stations where the machines are perma-broke :o )