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Old 08-16-2015, 04:35 PM   #15
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Also Canada sells fuel by the liter which is 1.05 times bigger than a quart. So four liters would be 1.2 US gallons.

4 liters is 1.05 times as much as 4 US quarts, which is your gallon. Just call it 4 litres to a US gallon.

The 1.2 factor is US gallons to Imperial gallons.


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Old 08-16-2015, 05:20 PM   #16
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Issues with using a US credit card outside the US (not just in Canada) can also relate to whether the visitor is using a chip and PIN card or not. Many of our fuel pumps now require a PIN number, otherwise you may need to go into the station and do an old fashioned transaction. We have similar problems in the US when our Visa cards are often not recognized at fuel pumps because we don't have a US postal code to enter, and so we have to go in to see the attendant.

By the way, there is a sneaky little fix for that.


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Old 08-16-2015, 06:14 PM   #17
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Just use the 3 numbers in your postal code and add "00". So, for V7A 2B3 just punch in 72300. Most times that works.
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:04 AM   #18
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In the UK, I have always tried to use the BP "premium" diesel from the local station in the 2002 Mercedes E320 turbo diesel station wagon. The primary reason is we only drive the car about 2,000 miles a year in mostly city traffic when we are visiting my wife's parents and it is stored in the garage on their property when we are not there. It feels a little more energetic in acceleration with the premium diesel than the regular diesel we find when traveling in other locations.

Like with gasoline, the car or truck engine rated for regular can burn premium. Then there are the more up market vehicles that specify premium gasoline and are handicapped with regular. I have yet to see a diesel vehicle specifying premium diesel as it is NOT widely available in the UK or Canada and not seen in the states.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:31 AM   #19
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We have been in Canada now for several weeks. No problem at all buying diesel. So far have only seen one grade. I tend to single out the Irvington stations because they are generally well laid out and clean. And diesel is about 40 cents a gallon cheaper than gasoline in PEI, NB, and NS. I have to pay inside with either a debit or credit card. Sometimes the attendent turns the pump on ahead, sometimes I have had to go in and ask him to. All and all it has beeen easier than in the States,.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:11 AM   #20
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Thanks for all your information. This has been very useful.

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Old 08-17-2015, 10:39 AM   #21
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It won't work at outside pay points unless it has a chip. The pay point won't recognize the magnetic strip. You need a chip/PIN card. Ask your bank for one.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:41 AM   #22
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call the number on the back of your credit card and ask them if it works in Canada. some cards do, some don't. as suggested also let them know of your travel plans.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:57 AM   #23
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No issues at all

I drive a ford 250 and have 120000 miles on it almost all with Canadian Diesel. The fuel options are everywhere especially in Alberta as this is oil country and we burn a ton of diesel. In the cities Flying J is a great option as has tons of room and same basic style as south but not as mice. Try to fuel up in Calgary as that's the best price. Banff Lake louise all have fuel option but its a bit costlier. On the road Husky is a good option again as they are big Merrit Kaploops both have good ones if you are coming that way. American money is almost always accepted but the exchange rate on site is usually not very good. Your credit card will work but check with your bank. Carry some Canadian cash as a back up. Cmon up to our mountains- as nice a place as you will see anywhere. If you get north to Jasper National Park call me if you need anything as that's where I live. Relax and enjoy your time in Canada- we are glad to see you
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:01 AM   #24
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Hi from AZ. . . we, of course, went thru Canada on the way to & from Alaska and I found that most pay-at-the-pump stations in Canada do NOT accept a US credit card. We had to take the card inside, guess at how much gas we needed, and prepay that amount. Also, almost everyone in Canada accepts American money, some give you the current exchange rate, some don't. We Americans are the arrogant ones who do not accept Canadian money. Loved Canada mostly ! regards, Craig
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:27 AM   #25
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Couple of points on US/Canadian exchange rates, especially if BoFA is your bank. First, there will always be a user service fee associated with every foreign transaction and you will not receive very good exchange rates (about 80% of what you should get). Currently, $1.00 US buys $1.35; you may be better off exchanging some cash ahead of time directly at the bank or at the very least, find an ATM that works with BoFA in Canada and withdraw some cash and pay only one user fee. Alternatively, I use a Barclays card whenever I travel as they have no foreign exchange service fees and I usually get about 90% of the expected exchange rate, so there is that option if you have a Barclays credit card. Enjoy Canada, it's a very pretty place to visit.
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Most comments are spot on. We put on about 3000 miles last September in Quebec, NB, PEI, Nova Scotia. Had no trouble finding or buying diesel anywhere. Once you realize you may not be able to pay at the pump and have to go inside and either leave your card (not advised) or pre-pay half of the trouble is over. The other half is remembering which credit card to use. We have both a MC and V. One charged a foreign transaction fee, the other did not. Well, I screwed up and used the wrong one. When I looked at the transactions on the monthly bill I saw all these $2.00 to $2.50 charges, not just for gas but for each time we used our card. So my take home message is make sure you find out about your card before you go north and don't make a mistake.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:10 PM   #27
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my current BofA Visa has a chip and will not incur a transaction fee for Canadian use. it depends on the 'deal' you got with your credit card, always pays to ask before you accept any credit card. the AMX does not work at the pump in Canada and incurs a fee, so i will be dumping that card pretty soon now. easiest thing to do is find your bank or bank partner and use their ATM for some cash. has always worked for us. the dresser top is littered with Canadian bills and coins just waiting for our next adventure N.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by McDave View Post
Of the two grades of diesel, do you know which would be better for a Ford F-250?

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#2 has been the standard for decades for normal use
#1 is formulated for below zero temperature use .

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