Schlafer’s Auto Repair in the Mendocino County coastal village of Mendocino has become legendary for its gas prices often 60% more expensive than the national average.
Yesterday, if a driver was to fill up at Schlafer’s, they could find themselves paying the highest price for a regular gallon of gasoline ever documented in the history of the United States: $9.45.
Patrick De Haan, the Head Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy, confirmed that Schlafer’s is currently charging the most in the United States for gasoline. Being that California stands as the priciest market during a time when the United States has the highest gas prices in history, De Haan agreed that $9.45/gallon could “very possibly” be the most expensive gallon of gas in the history of the United States.
Schlafer’s has made a mark on the national conversation around gasoline prices, having the highest gas prices in the US back in March, and even earlier in June 2021 before the nation saw the historic rise in gasoline prices.
Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s talk show Real Time, even joked about the station’s prices saying, “There’s a gas station in Mendocino County, here in California, charging $8.45 for a gallon of gasoline. For that money, they should check your oil and your prostate.”
In a past interview, Judy Schlafer, the owner and proprietor of the service station, told us her prices are influenced by the fact the shop acts as an independent business, not a franchise of Chevron. Her business does not sell food and drink, the goods that most often bring profit to gas stations across the United States.
Currently, California’s average price for a gallon of gasoline is $6.19/gallon with multiple locations reportedly selling their gas at more than $7.25/gallon, a watershed price superseding the federal minimum wage.
The North Coast of California currently is one of the most expensive regions for drivers with Humboldt County being the highest average price on the North Coast at $6.69/gallon.
In March 2022, California State Governor Gavin Newsom proposed state residents receive a gasoline rebate to alleviate the financial burden of the current market. But, the proposal is currently at a standstill as lawmakers debate the details.
As legislators consider relief measures, the average joe is left feeling the squeeze.