The Checkout

Fuel Surcharge Frenzy

Ylan Mui

The air conditioning in my condo died over the weekend. It sounded fine at first, humming away even as the temperature crept up to 75, 76, 77 degrees. Then it fell silent, and I began to sweat.

I called a maintenance company to repair the machine. An agent quoted me a price over the phone, and I was surprised when he mentioned a $10 fuel surcharge for driving the repair van to my house.

Ten dollars! It's not surprising to find fuel surcharges added to the price of your airline ticket or car rental. But I had never considered that the spike in gas prices could affect how comfortable I felt in my own home. It also made me wonder where else these surcharges may be waiting.

So I'm asking you to share your stories about fuel fees you've had to pay. If you don't mind being interviewed, please send us an e-mail at thecheckout@washpost.com with your name and contact info.

In the meantime, we're investing in some fans.

By Ylan Mui |  June 17, 2008; 1:42 PM ET Consumer Alerts , Consumer News , Fee Frenzy , Reporting Query , Ylan Mui
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There is no inflation, it's merely a surcharge.

Posted by: Ollabelle | June 18, 2008 1:07 PM

chirp, chirp, chirp....

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2008 2:01 PM

Service providers do not all attribute the increase in their fees to gas spikes. But it's there in the "hidden" costs....

http://www.thelogicgirl.com

Posted by: LG | June 19, 2008 7:27 AM

Do you blame anyone in business to charge you money so they can make money? Isn't that what a business is in business for?

Posted by: Fuel ain't free | July 6, 2008 12:30 PM

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