Hurricane Ike has put a premium on regular, and some stations don't have any more regular to sell.
So I thought I was about to get socked in the wallet when I pulled into a Carrboro Kangaroo station this morning. The notices taped to each pump said "Premium only."
These days, premium gas usually costs about 30 cents a gallon more than regular. A lot of stations around town had been selling regular for $4.299 Friday night. The Triangle average price for regular rose by 19 cents overnight to $3.882, and the average for premium rose to $4.198.
But the price for premium at this Kangaroo station was $3.989.
A veritable bargain and, surely, a marketing fluke. Thanks for small favors, Ike.