California has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in high gas prices.
The American Automobile Association reports the national average for a gallon of gas hit a record $4.82 this week – except in California where it’s over $6.37 per gallon.
In Mendocino, along the Northern California coast, a Chevron station was charging $9.60 a gallon for regular on last Friday afternoon.
SF Gate reports Judy Schlafer owns Schlafer’s Auto Body & Repair in Mendocino and said her last load of 8,880 gallons of gas, which has to be paid off in 10 days, cost about $50,000.
Three months ago, she said she paid about $20,000 less for the same size load. Schlafer said that if she didn’t charge $9.60, she’d be out of business.
Experts say the cost of crude oil and a limited supply of fuel is driving up prices at the pump.
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