Well, yesterday I did something I never thought I would do. I was filling up in the Valley (L.A.), and my 8 year old son was driving me crazy with questions, opening the door etc...I was so distracted that I forgot to remove the gas pump. As I drove away, I heard a weird noise (flat tire?), and a guy waving at me...I stopped and noticed the hose sticking out of my gas tank. I only drove about 20 feet. It appears (it was a chevron) that this hose snapped clean off and there was some type of breakaway joint so as not to damage the pump. The hose was in perfect shape, as was the handle. I tried to reattach the hose, and even though there didn't seem to be any damage to the mechanism, it wouldn't latch together. The owner claims that he needs to buy an entirely new hose, and it will cost north of $1200! He can't just reattach it, according to CA law. I gave him my info, and told him I would pay for it myself...with a $1000 deductible on my auto insurance, it's not worth going through it. In the meantime, I've been searching the internet and it seems this is a pretty frequent occurance. Not only that, but often the gas station absorbs the cost themselves. And the cost to reattach the hose should be anwhere from 100-500, max. A friend of mine, who also owns a gas station, confirmed this. Any suggestions on how I should proceed? I don't want to get ripped off, but also don't want to get into a legal battle. Thanks.