Gas in Pinal averages $5.22, but Eloy station has it for $4.45

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By Richard Urban / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

With the national average price of a gallon of unleaded gas at a record $4.86, up 25 cents from a week ago, and Arizona’s average at a record $5.13, up 18 cents from last week, according to AAA, finding the least expensive gas is increasingly expensive.

The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Pinal County was $5.22 on June 6, an increase of 45 cents in just two weeks, according to AAA.

To find the least expensive gas in Pinal, motorists had to travel to the Safeway on Arizona Boulevard in Coolidge, where Gas Buddy spotters reported regular gas at $4.45 on June 5. Observers posted that a Chevron on Toltec Road in Eloy was selling regular for $4.49, also on June 5.

These were the only two in Pinal County selling gas for less than $4.50, and with prices seeming to increase by the minute, the price posted at a station when a Gas Buddy spotter passes by may not be around long.

Average gas prices in three of the four counties adjacent to Pinal still average under $5. The average in Graham County is $4.59, in Pima $4.61, and in Gila $4.70.

The lowest prices in Arizona on June 6, Gas Buddy observers found, were in Nogales, where one station advertised $4.13 a gallon and five more advertised $4.25. A Tucson station on East Tanque Verde Drive advertised $4.25, according to observers. Two weeks ago, the least expensive gas was in Tucson at $4.15.

A year ago, motorists paid an average of $3.12 in Arizona and $3.05 nationally, according to AAA.

AAA offers an app for Android and iPhone to find the best prices along your route. The GasBuddy app can pinpoint prices by city, county, and state.

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