Petroleum Card Services Review

Petroleum Card Services Overview

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Payment Processing for Gas Stations

Founded in 1999, Petroleum Card Services is a merchant account provider that specializes in providing credit card processing for gas stations. Petroleum Card Services (PCS) is a subsidiary of iPayment and uses First Data as its card processor. Although PCS is not a direct processor, it appears to manage the customer service of its accounts directly instead of outsourcing this service to First Data.

Petroleum Card Services Location and Ownership

Petroleum Card Services is a registered ISO of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Walnut Creek, California, and is headquartered at 2243 Park Pl, Minden, Nevada 89423. Joe Jorling Groboski is listed as the senior vice president at Petroleum Card Services.

Petroleum Card Services Review Table of Contents

  • Costs & Contract: Petroleum Card Services offers a three-year contract through iPayment with an early termination fee of $300.
  • Complaints & Service: Petroleum Card Services has received fewer than 10 public complaints.
  • BBB Rating: Petroleum Card Services has an “A+” rating and has received 0 complaints and 1 review in the past 3 years. The company has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2013.
  • Sales & Marketing: Petroleum Card Services appears to hire independent sales representatives but has not received any complaints related to its sales team.
  • Rates & Fees: How Merchants Got The Best Rates With Petroleum Card Services
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Products & Services Offered

  • Debit and credit card processing
  • Pay at the pump equipment and software
  • High-speed onsite communications
  • Fleet card acceptance
  • EBT processing
  • Countertop POS equipment

Types of Businesses Served

  • Petroleum

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Petroleum Card Services Rates, Fees, and Costs

Key Points

Swiped Rate 1.00% - 4.99%
Keyed-in Rate 1.00% - 4.99%
Set Up Fee $25
Annual Membership Fee $75
Monthly Minimum Fee $25
Early Termination Fee $300
PCI Compliance Fee $109 Per Year
Equipment Lease Terms 48 Month (locked)

What Agents Say

According to an agent of Petroleum Card Services, the company offers month-to-month contracts with no cancellation fee. Additionally, the agent stated that Petroleum Card Services passes the wholesale interchange processing cost onto merchants with only a 5 cent ($0.05) markup, and no percentage markup whatsoever. These claims sound almost too good to be true, and they are directly at odds with the company’s actual merchant agreement. That contract also includes an equipment lease through First Data Global Leasing which is non-cancellable and typically lasts for 48 months.

What the Contract Says

According to the company’s merchant agreement, Petroleum Card Services offers a three-year agreement with a $300 early termination fee, a one time $25 set up fee, an annual PCI Compliance fee of $109, a monthly minimum of $25, an annual membership fee of $75, and a tiered pricing schedule. These terms are more expensive than industry averages and are nowhere near the prices that a representative quoted to However, these exact terms may be outdated or exclusively offered by a specific agent.

Pricing May Vary

If you have any knowledge of whether the document provided on the company’s website is accurate, please share that information in the comment section of this review. For now, merchants should not assume that Petroleum Card Services offers pricing that is competitive with cheap merchant accounts.

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Petroleum Card Services Complaints & Customer Reviews

Key Points

Total Online Complaints <10
Live Customer Support Yes
Most Common Complaint N/A

Low Complaint Total

As of this review, just 2 complaints about Petroleum Card Services have been filed online, most of which can be found in our comment section below. Of the complaints, one generally complains about customer service, one appears to be the fault of the merchant and not Petroleum Card Services, and another appears to be an isolated incident which was resolved. Two complaints received responses from a company representative, who addressed the concerns in a professional tone.

Petroleum Card Services Lawsuits

We have not found any outstanding class-action lawsuits or FTC complaints filed against Petroleum Card Services. Dissatisfied merchants who wish to pursue a non-litigious course of action against the company should consider reporting it to the relevant supervisory organizations.

Petroleum Card Services Customer Support Options

Petroleum Card Services offers a live phone support number as well as email contact information on its website. This is a level of support that we expect of top-rated processors for great customer service.

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Petroleum Card Services BBB Rating Summary

Key Points - BBB

Product & Service Complaints 0
Billing & Collection Complaints 0
Advertising & Sales Complaints 0
Guarantee & Warranty Complaints 0
Delivery Complaints 0

Clean Complaint Record

Currently, PCS has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 2013 and has an “A+” rating based upon 0 complaints filed in the last 36 months.

What Merchants Say

PCS has received 1 negative informal review on its BBB profile. This review describes a huge problem with excessive chargebacks:

I am a small business owner in a low income neighborhood in Pacoima, CA. I was excited when I upgraded my fuel dispensers with used, but newer, dispensers that had “pay at the pump” capability. Petroleum Card Services recommended I accept credit card purchases at my “pay at the pump” dispensers. I was concerned because the “pay at the pump” was not emv compliant. PCS assured me not to worry, that I might have a few chargebacks per month, which they told me would be normal. I process about $5k – $18k per month. During July, 2018, I starting receiving thousands of dollars of chargebacks. I learned that when you are not emv compliant, you can easily lose more then your actual income. Now, I am paying thousands of dollars a month in chargebacks. After this incident I have been closely reviewing the credit card transactions I have made, and the amount of monies deposited in my bank account, I discovered many of the transactions I have made that were not chargebacks, are not being processed into my account. My attorney refers to this as “skimming”. I believe the “skimming” has been going on for quite sometime now. PCS claims the “skimming” is everybody else’s fault but theirs. I found out the easiest solution to the chargeback losses, was to not accept credit card purchases at the pump, but only inside where the terminal is emv compliant. On July 22, 2018, I had a different company turn off the credit card acceptance at the dispensers, and now we only accept debit at the dispensers. It maybe a long time before all the chargebacks are sent to me because I had no protection against fraud prior to July 22, 2018. Everyday, I am disgusted that I relied on PCS, I believe 99% of my chargebacks would never have occurred if I knew not to take credit sales at my dispensers. Almost everyday I receive chargeback losses of $100.00 to $1500.00. Please be very careful, before considering PCS as your credit card processor.

Merchants can avoid situations like this by utilizing EMV-compliant credit card terminals and by understanding how to fight chargebacks.

An “A” Performance

Given the company’s clean complaint record, we agree with the BBB’s rating at this time.

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Truth In Marketing & Advertising

Key Points

Employs Independent Resellers Yes
Advertises Deceptive Rates No
Discloses All Important Terms No

Outside Sales Team

Petroleum Card Services appears to rely on a combination of telemarketing and independent sales offices to market its accounts, but there are currently no Petroleum Card Services negative reviews that accuse the company’s sales staff of unethical practices. This is uncommon among iPayment subsidiaries, but PCS likely benefits from its narrow focus on a single industry.

No Deceptive Quotes

PCS does not utilize any deceptive advertising or sales tactics that are apparent to this reviewer. In light of the company’s low complaint total and its lack of deceptive advertising, we have awarded it an “A” in this category. If you suspect that Petroleum Card Services is overcharging you, we recommend seeking a third-party statement audit to find and eliminate hidden fees.

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Our Opinion of Petroleum Card Services

A Solid Payment Processing Option for Petroleum Merchants

Overall, Petroleum Card Services scores well in our review of the company. The only factor lowering the company’s overall rating is its contract, which appears to be very costly. Since PCS is a subsidiary of iPayment and uses First Data as the card processor, be sure to fully read and understand the terms of your merchant account agreement before signing with this company. You can also score the lowest possible rates by comparing PCS’s pricing to top-rated merchant accounts and forcing all parties to compete for your business.

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7 Reviews Leave Your Review for Petroleum Card Services Below

  1. Daniel Ahn says:

    The PCS holds deposits that last October 2019 They did mistake debit service charged $29,000 instead $290.
    Then they refunded.
    Now they hold all last week sales.
    I have to pay to gas company.
    Who should I File for contact to complain ?

    1. Brian Clark says:


      This article may help: How to Make a Payment Processor Release Your Money.


  2. Sahar Nikakhtar says:

    Customer service is the worst. You email them and get no response. You call them and get nothing but rude and unprofessional agents.

  3. USA Manager says:

    B E W A R E…This Company They shutdown our succesful gas station credit card terminal NO REASON and BIG FRAUD they tried TO DEBIT account more then $11.000 .We reported to Bank to PCS PETROLEUM CARD SERVICES FOR FRAUD COMPANY ..AND BIG SCAM GOING OVER THERE ..SUCH A DUMBASS JERK RISK DEPARTMENT …Reported also BBB and Local Polis Department ….

    BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE ……They will debit your account till negatif balance ….

    1. I am very familiar with this account and why it was shut down. The signor disclosed fraudulent information on the Merchant Processing Agreement, using a social security number that belonged to a decease individual. Also the signor appeared on the Terminated Merchant File after we set them up and once we completed our due diligences we had no other recourse. The manager of the site is the person who filed a complaint with the BBB and because of his non-affiliation with the business the claim was dimissed. At no time did we attempt to debit any funds from the bank account associated with the merchant account. We did in fact hold and divert credit card processing batches for 30 days that totaled approximately $2000.00

  4. I am extremely disappointed in the quality of customer care I received. Recently, my company’s PIN pad stopped working and wouldn’t allow us to take debit transactions. I contacted the company immediately and was told that another PIN pad would be shipped out next day to arrive in 3-5 business days. After seven days, I contacted them again and told them I hadn’t received it yet. I was told it wasn’t ever shipped. When asked why, I was told they don’t know… they had no record of my original call. The rep then told me that another one would be shipped out immediately and I would receive it the next day. It never came. I called and was told that according to their records, it was processed and set to ship, but then cancelled. And on further inspection, they “found” my original request and said that one had been cancelled as well. I explained that I had not cancelled.. Who cancelled? Who was going to let me know? She had no answers. I ask for a supervisor, and was told that no supervisor was available at that time and that I would be called the next day… I am still waiting for that call… But am looking for another Merchant Service company who can give our company the quality care and attention we need. Apparently, they have enough business and don’t need mine.

    1. After further research this merchant was actually calling the network directly instead of our office. Once we were notified of her situation a pin pad was shipped at NO COST to her location the same day and her problem was resolved. AT NO TIME DID SHE EXPERIENCE ANY DOWN TIME OR WAS EVER UNABLE TO PROCESS CREDIT CARDS.

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