When we first moved to Mexico, I was surprised to learn that all of the gas stations were still full service. An attendant will pump your gas, wash your windows — and if requested to do so — even check your vehicle’s tire pressure and fluid levels.
It reminded me of the old fillin’ station on the Andy Griffith Show — with one exception, on that show, Goober wasn’t trying to shortchange, cheat or otherwise rip off the customers.
Unfortunately, frauds and scams at gas stations are not uncommon in Mexico and if you’re a foreigner, the odds of someone trying to rip you off increase exponentially.
In the video below, I’ll be discussing the five most common gas station scams you’re likely to encounter and sharing some tried-and-true tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Even though these types of scams are common, that doesn’t mean that every gas station attendant is out to pull one over on you. There are a lot of hard-working men and women who do that job, so if all goes well, remember that it’s customary to tip them.
To learn more about tipping etiquette in Mexico, click HERE.