By Matt Thomas, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (KRLD 1080) – It pains John Benda of Fuel City Wash on Riverfront Blvd. to constantly have to raise his prices.

The owner of the popular fueling station near downtown estimates a between 10 and 15 percent drop from this time last year in the amount of fuel purchased.

Benda said many of his customers are being forced to buy only as much gasoline as they need, which has resulted in declining sales at the pump. He reports having some customers only getting about $5 worth of gas because that is all they can afford.

“So you see people spending $5, we even saw someone put in .70 cents the other day, which is like a fourth or a fifth of a gallon,” Benda said.

Some station owners have reported a drop in sales of items inside the store, including snacks and cigarettes, but Benda says he has not seen much of that during the current spike in fuel prices.

The hope is that pump prices will level off soon because station owners generally take a hit when it costs drivers more to fill up.

After surviving the surge in gasoline prices in 2008, Benda said he’s now considering putting in natural gas pumps and electric vehicle charging stations.

KRLD’s Matt Thomas Reports