High gas prices and auto repair are part of the Southern California culture – California News

High gas prices and auto repair are part of the Southern California culture – California News


When you’re living in Southern California, cars are a necessary evil.

We live in a region that is both sprawling and heavily congested, and getting from Point A to Point B isn’t always easy. Sure, we have public transit systems that include buses and light rail. But those don’t always work when the trips we make — or at least large portions of the trips — aren’t served by public transit. Many of our journeys require taking additional surface streets that would make the overall trip both time consuming and unwieldy if you didn’t have a car.

So most of us are relegated to our cars — and high gas prices. None of us relishes the idea of forking over nearly $3 per gallon at the pump when the rest of the country is paying far less. But that’s the reality.

On Friday, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $2.97. For Los Angeles County residents it was even higher, averaging $2.99 per gallon. Meanwhile, the national average was $2.36 a gallon. That’s a gap of more than 60 cents.

And it’s going to get worse. Come November, we’ll be paying an additional 12 cents per gallon, thanks to Senate Bill 1, which will raise gas taxes and hike vehicle fees by more than $52 billion over the next decade.

All of that’s bad enough. But when you have to have car repairs done … well, that adds insult to injury. And that’s my situation right now. I’m sitting at home while my Honda Civic is in the shop for the second time in three days.

I initially took it in for two problems. The first was a leaking fuel pump. Actually, it was a leaking cap on the fuel pump. It was cracked, which…

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