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Top 5 Gas Station Finder Apps

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No one likes to pay high prices for gas. Whether you're on a business trip, a road trip vacation, or just doing your day-to-day driving, you'll want to pay the lowest price possible for your gas. These 5 gas station finder apps can help you harness the power of the Internet and the iPhone's built-in GPS to save every time you're at the pump.

1. SmartFuel

SmartFuel
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SmartFuel offers drivers an appealing combination of a polished, easy-to-use interface, comprehensive and accurate station listings, and the ability to bookmark common routes. The app comes with a 30-day free trial period, after which you need to subscribe (US$4.99 for 6 months, $14.99 for 24 months). While some may object to subscribing to this kind of app, you'll more than save your subscription cost--probably in the first month if you do a lot of driving.

2. Fuel Finder

Fuel Finder
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A close second thanks to its similarly strong interface and On Fumes feature that helps you get to the closest station, or get roadside help, when you're dangerously low on gas. The $2.99 Fuel Finder app doesn't require a subscription and has a lot of good information. It's held back a bit by occasional gas price errors and not displaying all fuel stations in a given area. Still, if you don't want to pay a subscription, this could be the app for you.

3. GasBuddy

GasBuddy
image copyright GasBuddy Organization Inc.

If you're absolutely committed to not paying for a gas prices app, GasBuddy could be for you. While its interface isn't as polished as the apps above it on the list, it's solid. Unfortunately, it is missng some stations and has occasional price errors. It's not a bad app, but you might get a little more out of the apps above it.

4. RoadAhead

RoadAhead
image copyright RoadAhead Inc.

RoadAhead is technically an app for finding the amenities available at highway rest stops and off highway exits, but it also provides gas station listings and prices. It's a good app--the only reason that it's this low in the list is that it's exit-centric, rather than station-centric, so you can end up scrolling through more stations, or trying more locations, than other apps that are dedicated only to gas prices. But if you want an all-in-one travel app, it's a great option.

5. Fuel Smart Pro

Fuel Smart Pro
image copyright Stewart Malcolm

While Fuel Smart Pro offers a comprehensive station listing and accurate gas prices, its interface is too unrefined. Its features are solid, but the interface simply makes it too hard to use when you're traveling. Combine that with a $2.99/year subscription and, until its interface improves, I can't recommend it.

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