The propane saga has come to a happy ending. As you all know from the last post Propane Rehab – or why not to rent your tank, I bought a foreclosed house with a propane tank buried in the yard. The company that owned the tank said I had to rent it from them and buy my propane at whatever price they felt like selling it to me. They couldn’t quite understand me when I told them no.
What I did was ask to speak to the manager. I gave him a choice. Either sell it to me at a reasonable price, or come dig it out of my yard. After some hemming and hawing, he agreed to sell it to me for $750. It would have cost me three times that to get a new one, so although I think I could have done a little better – I took the deal.
Now I needed propane. The company had tried to sock it to me at $2.99/gal because I was renting their tank and had no other choice. That left me feeling somewhat hostile to them because it was about $.75/gal more than another company had offered. However, when he offered to fill my tank at $2.09/gal I went for it. Since I got 400 gallons, this cost difference FOR 1 TANK, was $360. That tank should last me about two months at the rate we used the last tank. I’m guessing 3 tanks per season, or an overcharge of ($360*3 +$250) $1330 per year I just saved. I can do a lot of boat rehab for $1330!
One more thing. While calling around I found a company that offered to charge me $2.25/gal. I thought that was good, but when I got the offer to fill at $2.09/gal I talked to the $2.25 guy again and asked if he could do better. He called back later and said he could match the $2.09 price, but I had already gone ahead with the purchase.
Moral of the story – never rent your propane tank
Other moral of the story – Always ask if they can cut you a better deal.
Sorry, no pictures for you this time. We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled rehab next time.