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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Buying gas on credit with no zip code

Good morning, I have read where it is necessary to enter a zip code when paying at the pumps for gas. My question is what do Canadians do as we use a different system (postal codes) which is a combination of numbers and letters and apparently does not work. We are leaving for Florida on Saturday for six weeks so will be purchasing lots of fuel. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:58 AM   #2
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Good morning, I have read where it is necessary to enter a zip code when paying at the pumps for gas. My question is what do Canadians do as we use a different system (postal codes) which is a combination of numbers and letters and apparently does not work. We are leaving for Florida on Saturday for six weeks so will be purchasing lots of fuel. Thanks in advance.
We too are from Canada and the last time that we were in Florida, we had to go into the kiosk and get our credit card preauthorized before pumping. It took a little longer but we got fuel. If there is an easier way I'd love to know about it.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:59 AM   #3
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I've seen this discussion before and as I recall it's wasn't an issue. If it is you just have to pay inside where they can override it.

As a side note: there's a big discussion in California about it being illegal to require your zip. Part of their non-identifiable information act. They consider your zip as personally identifiable.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:04 AM   #4
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In my experience, only a few gas station actually ask for zip codes. The thing that could be an issue is the 75.00 cut off on pay at pumps with credit cards.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
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Any non numeric value enter it as a "*" or "#" and the existing numbers were left as is. Sorry Not sure if it was a an asterisk or a number sign. We used it and it worked.
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In my experience, only a few gas station actually ask for zip codes. The thing that could be an issue is the 75.00 cut off on pay at pumps with credit cards.
Driving from Toronto to Florida and Texas for example, I noticed that all gas stations in the South will not accept Canadian credit cards at the pump, as we have no ZIP code associated with the card. You have to go in and prepay, my dear wife loves it but I'm OK

I noticed that neighbouring states of the Canadien border do not enforce this - yet - but all told me it's coming.

I read that entering a 5 Zeros may work, or padding with Zeros the numbers from the postal code - e.g. 10607 in my case, may work. We'll try it for sure this summer on our annual trek to Myrtle Beach.

On one trip, our Amex stopped working, as it was deemed suspicious we were buying so much gas in 1 day... a phone call fixed that.
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Play it safe, bring some american cash along in case someone does not want your credit card. Second bring your ID and credit card in side and asked for it to be pre authorized for a certain amount inside , they will then activate at the pump. It sucks cause you are unsure how much fuel you will need to put it.
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I can say i have never came across this. very weird!
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The reason is a credit card does not necessarily have a PIN number as a debit card does, so in reality what the computer does is validate your credit card against your billing address zip code, it is similar to entering the three digit number on the back of the card when ordering online for merchandise. It is as if you are electonically signing the receipt.

When you take the card into the store to purchase the fuel, you have to sign the receipt as the transaction is completed. Comparitively the zipcode is en lieu of a signature.
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And the darn coke machines won't accept canadian quarters either.
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