Self-Service Gas Stations: Soon a Thing of the Past?

September 27, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

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September 27, 1977

In a new study on US gas station trends, more and more stations have self-service pumps. Many believe that the new self service gas stations will never replace the traditional, full-service station.

The report showed that since the gas crisis in 1973-1974, gone are the days when one’s windscreen was washed and oil checked while the attendant filled one’s gas tank. Also, the repair bays are disappearing, and, the most controversial of the changes is appearing at more and more stations – the self service pump. Most believe, however, that self-service pumps will be short-lived.

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