Prepaid Gas Cards For Gas Only? Do They Really Exist?

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Prepaid Gas Cards For Gas Only? Do They Really Exist?

Postby davidoff » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:27 pm

In 2013 does Shell, Exxon, BP, Chevron or another major gas station offer prepaid cards that can only be used for the purchase of fuel and nothing else inside?

The dilemma I have is I would like to help someone out and pay for their gas, but this person has a tendency to get into trouble (think alcohol, cigarettes). I don't want to buy a prepaid gas card that they end up using inside at the convenience store to buy these things. In fact, I don't even want them to be able to buy food inside because it's mostly junk food and grossly overpriced.

Do these cards exists and if so, who offers them?
If not, do you have any other suggestions?


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Postby ilikeme1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:20 am

Not that I know of. I know with some station credit cards you can limit purchases to gas only, but I have not heard of that with a gift card.
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Postby Midori » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:15 am

Usually, that's going to be a fleet card. The one that I noticed had a four-vehicle minimum.

I did notice that Valero has a distinction between its "gift cards" and "fuel cards", so maybe that's something to look into, but while they're ubiquitous in the South, I don't know if they have such a presence in the Northeast.

The best alternative I can think of is, "Hey, I'm going over to the Shell to gas up. Wanna come? I'll top off your tank, too." That way, it's a personal friendly favor, and not an impersonal let-me-throw-money-at-you-my-irresponsible-friend sort of thing. Then again, if you're wanting to help an irresponsible-kid-who's-six-hours-away, that would be less of a feasible option.

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Postby davidoff » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:48 pm

Both of you, thank you for the advice. There are not Valero in our neck of the woods but per you advice I checked out Shell and they do have a fleet card that offers restrictions to fuel purchases only but it is for businesses.
Then again, if you're wanting to help an irresponsible-kid-who's-six-hours-away, that would be less of a feasible option.


You hit the nail on the head with my dilemma. What do you think of me ordering a second credit card (authorized user) on my existing credit card account and putting a very low limit on it, say $100 or $150 per month. I would then give him that to use and require him to always save and turn in the receipts each month for the purchases, which I will match up with his charges on my statement. It won't be as good as an option as a prepaid gas card for fuel purchases only but I suppose it may be the best I can do.

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Postby Midori » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:00 pm

I once went to a talk given by a woman who had a near death experience, and who spent the years afterwards giving talks about things she had learned from the process. The one thing that really stuck in my mind was what she had to say about caritas-- charitable love.

Before her NDE, she would see some random person begging, and she would ignore him because, "Oh, he's just going to spend it on drugs/alcohol/whatever." After her NDE, however, her perception changed-- she could give a little something to assist, and she would have fulfilled her obligation to be charitable towards her fellow humans. Whether he used her gift correctly or incorrectly was between him and God. So, totally ignoring the "Don't encourage begging on the streets" or "Let's give to a charitable organization that can make more efficient use of philanthropic giving" and all those sorts of issues, I thought that the thought behind it--- that whether or not someone makes proper use of my gift is ultimately irrelevant to me personally; that giving and making use of a gift are two totally separate and distinct acts by two totally separate and distinct people--- was very intriguing. (Not that I'd go out of my way to throw away my charitable dollars on purpose, but you know what I mean.) As much as we love other people, especially our own kids, there's a certain point where you give them as much as you can--- resources, advice, help in whatever form--- but ultimately have to let them make their choices and learn from having chosen correctly or incorrectly and hopefully grow.

So-- you can give him a prepaid card for $100, and tell him you'll reload it every month, but it's for fuel or food or other necessities of life, so please be careful with it. If he blows it all by October 2nd on cigarettes and Keystone Light, well, that was his decision, and he gets to live with the consequences from October 3rd through the 31st. He'll get the chance to try again in November. And December. And January. But you would have performed your obligation as a parent to try and give him a helpful hand... his poor choice to squander it would be a separate and distinct act.

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Same boat

Postby JarHead68 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:01 am

Midori wrote:
So-- you can give him a prepaid card for $100, and tell him you'll reload it every month, but it's for fuel or food or other necessities of life, so please be careful with it. If he blows it all by October 2nd on cigarettes and Keystone Light, well, that was his decision, and he gets to live with the consequences from October 3rd through the 31st. He'll get the chance to try again in November. And December. And January. But you would have performed your obligation as a parent to try and give him a helpful hand... his poor choice to squander it would be a separate and distinct act.


The miscreant I'm trying to help has a passion for Marlboro and Twisted Tea's. I'd like to help with gas only, for the job; no Slim Jims, cigarettes, or alcohol. I've been burned before by this cat before, but I'd like to help his mother. And yes, not close enough for filling the tank myself, although that's all did for him in the past before the distance grew. So maybe a one time thing, and be done, but it would be nice to have an alternative. He has potential, I'd like to see him succeed, but I won't accept the burden of his afflictions either. You know, a gas pump only pre-paid card would be a helluv an idea. Sure, you could sell a tankful to someone, but it puts the burden on the guy with the card, not the guy paying for it and having to track transactions every month. Thanks for some info, tho.

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I Would Love This as Well

Postby WJFalls » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:32 pm

I would love to purchase a "fuel only" card for someone who is a little irresponsible too. If you ever find one, please share.

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Re: Prepaid Gas Cards For Gas Only? Do They Really Exist?

Postby Mdeleon15 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:10 pm

Valero offers fuel cards and gift cards. Both are prepaid and reloadable. The only difference is gft cards can be used to purchase anything inside of gas sration and fuel cards are strictly for gas only



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