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More gas for your money

YAKIMA, Wash. - Filling up at the pump isn't cheap and it doesn't look like gas prices are going to drop below $3 before Memorial Day weekend.

But are you really getting what you pay for?

"Many times we find that 60 percent of the time it's in favor of the consumer," said Kirk Robinson, manager of the Weights and Measures program with the State Department of Agriculture.

But we wanted to see for ourselves, to find out if we could get more for our money.

Robinson drives up to the pump at a local gas station in downtown Yakima. He takes out his tools and begins to fill up.

However, today doesn't look like it will be our lucky day.

"It was an accurate pump, so it's pulling out exactly what it says it's putting out," Robinson said.

This is what the Weight and Measures program is all about, making sure both the consumer and the gas station are getting what they pay for.

"Our job is to make sure the devices are working properly so that nobody is getting too much or too little," Robinson said.

Inspectors are responsible for checking every pump in the state, including the 1,600 pumps in Yakima County, Robinson said.

So when you go to fill up your tank this Memorial Day weekend, you could end up with just a little more in your tank and in your checkbook.

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