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Gasoline was around before cars,
but for many years, gas was
considered a useless byproduct of the refining of crude
oil to make kerosene, a standard fuel for lamps through much
of the 1800's.
Gas stations (aka Filling stations) typically offer one
of three types
of service to their customers:
An attendant operates the pumps, often wipes the windshield,
sometimes checks the vehicle's oil level and tire pressure,
then collects payment and perhaps a small tip.
The customer performs all required service.
Signs informing the customer of filling procedures and
are displayed on each pump.
Customers can still enter a store to give payment to a person.
Use the pay-at-the-pump system, these are completely
Years ago, filling stations offered a choice between full
Before 1970, full service was common, and self-service
Today, few stations advertise or provide full service.
Full service stations are more common in wealthy and upscale
The cost of full service is usually assessed as a fixed amount