RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The average price of a gallon of gasoline in North Carolina as of Monday was $3.93, according to the AAA.
But how high is too high to pay for gas?
A spokesman for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Josh Stein, said they have received 49 fuel price cut complaints that they are currently reviewing.
The bureau received 29 complaints about gas price cuts last week (February 28-March 6), more than three times the number the week before (February 21-27) when it received nine complaints.
Stein said gas stations could raise prices if their gas costs rise. There’s no set percentage increase that makes it a price driver, that’s it based on how they come up with the price.
Stein said it couldn’t be unreasonably exaggerated.
For driver Kim Marsh, rising gas prices mean cutting down on coffee and carpooling
“I have some people I work with who live nearby, so maybe we’ll talk and see if we can share the ride,” Marsh said.
Complaints don’t mean a company was price gouging.
According to federal prosecutors, Westgate Car Care received a complaint. Gas was $4.29 when CBS 17 stopped by Monday afternoon.
The owner said the price depends on what they buy it for and then they crank it up 10 to 15 cents for drivers, adding that they have no merchandise inside to sell for additional profit. The owner said 50 percent of its fuel sales come from Westgate Auto Group.
Meanwhile, riders like Susan Rogers change how often she rides and then rely on a little luck to ease the pain.
“We only drive when we need something, so tonight we’re out to gas up, grab some lottery tickets and get ready to finish the work week,” Rogers said.
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