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    Eek the cost of inflating your tryes

    i had to blow up my tyres today when i was in my local shell station can you guess how much it cost????? 50 f ing p about 2 or so weeks a go i i put air in them in the same station for 20p thats a jump of 30p in less then say 1 month total rip off im going to buy the 12 v small tyre inflator from the asda agian had 1 a few years ago but it got broken, atleast dick turpin had decency to wear a mask when he robed some 1 whats the price in your local shell? look at it this way if its a busy station and if 50 people use it that day thats what?£25 in 1 day now count that over 1 month

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    quite disgusted they charge for air at service stations too.
    I believe the service station should have to provide free air to those who've just bought fuel - should be a duty for them to do that, so you can check the pressures and continue your journey safely. What if someone has just filled up with fuel (using card) and hasn't got any change? Scuppered....

    But -- it is annoying having to wait for plonkers who use the free air pumps to fill bicycle tyres.

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    did my tyres yesterday in my local shell and it was 20p they should give you it free if you fill up with fuel imho ,total rip off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideous View Post
    quite disgusted they charge for air at service stations too.
    I believe the service station should have to provide free air to those who've just bought fuel
    I agree, but as an operator of petrol stations it is quite shocking how often we had to call out the owner of the machines to repair them (previous free air machines)
    The usual issue is the metal bracket becomes broken, and each one costs £135 (inclusive), but cheaper than the previous ones that were just over £250

    The new agreement we have is that the machine is supplied under licence, the money is collected by the owner of the machine
    Equally, since these new machines were fitted there have been fewer reports of faults / breadkdowns as they are inspected weekly and repaired at the time if required

    However, I don't use them any more
    I now carry a powered tyre inflator

    I do also agree that if a customer has purchased fuel then they should be entitled to a free air token which the machine can use
    However, would you be willing to pay an additonal 0.1p per litre even if you never used the air machine...
    If you think 50p for air is bad, try £1 for water
    We now have a sign next to the air machine, "1 litre of [brandname] water is only 50p from the shop"

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    Whats wrong with a foot pump, cheap enough to buy and you get some exercise into the bargin

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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    Whats wrong with a foot pump, cheap enough to buy and you get some exercise into the bargin
    My mobility poblem prevent me using a footpump, though I always used to carry one. Since I've not been able to use one, I've carried a 12v compressor.
    Not checked Shell lately, but I wouldn't be surprised if the price has gone up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy1954 View Post
    My mobility poblem prevent me using a footpump, though I always used to carry one. Since I've not been able to use one, I've carried a 12v compressor.
    Not checked Shell lately, but I wouldn't be surprised if the price has gone up.
    Mobility problems don't need to stop you using a foot pump, you must be using it incorrectly. Connect the hose to the tyre's valve, position the foot pump in front of the tyre with the highest point of the pump's footrest away from the car, get in the car, start it up, put it in 1st gear, drive gently forward a few inches and the tyre will roll onto the pump's footrest. Press the clutch, the car rolls back again; drive forward a few inches onto the pump again, press the clutch again and roll back down again. Repeat as necessary. Job done.

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    My local tesco had a free one, it was always broken. Now its 20p its always in service, never broken!

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    The price rise is quite obvious.................. It,s inflation.

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    funny this should be on here today , i just been to my local shell garage to find it is now 50p for air , no way i am not paying it , i went to sainsburys and used there free one ... just greed again

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