25th Oct 2011

How to find the best-priced petrol

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Drew Patchell

The dramatic rise in fuel prices in the last ten years has caused many Australians to re-examine the way in which they go about purchasing fuel for their car. Drew explains which days are the cheapest and how to find the best-priced petrol in your area.

According to the NRMA and MotorMouth websites, historically, the cheapest day for petrol is Tuesday or Wednesday. While this may have been the case in the past, this is not necessarily true now or into the future. According to the ACCC, there is no one day of the week which is the cheapest. There is a clear price cycle as pictured below in a 30-day graph. As you can see, the price cycle involves a steady decrease over 8-10 days and then a sharp price increase.

Mynrma.com.au
The MyNRMA petrol price search tool allows you to search for the best priced fuel in any area of Australia. You can also choose by brand and fuel type.

Carsguide.com.au
The Carsguide.com.au tool allows you to track fuel prices all over Australia and to search every petrol station within five kilometres of your postcode for the cheapest fuel price.

Motormouth.com.au
Motormouth.com.au allows you to search by your postcode, your street address or your suburb. This mean you can either refine or expand the search parameters to give you a better chance of finding the right price for your petrol finding needs.

The subject of finding petrol has become a bit of a dogfight, with accusations of collusion amongst petrol stations rife, prices consistently climbing at holiday seasons and the ever-present threat that we may in fact run out of this non-renewable resource, driving the price higher. It makes sense that you use any advantage you can to save a few dollars at the pump.



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PlanB
7th Nov 2012
8:09am
They never have the petrol prices here where I am
Min
7th Nov 2012
9:25am
The best priced petrol in Brisbaneare always the non Coles/Shell and non Woollies/BP ones like Matilda and 7 to 7 stores but you have to find them. It just goes to show we do not actually get their shopping discounts. They just add it on to their petrol prices. They have destroyed so many butchers and fruit and vegetable shop businesses I go the extra distance if I can.
Peepo
7th Nov 2012
11:33am
My husband lost his F&V shop in 1990 because Coles came to to our country town and were adamant to undercut him, even starting the health food lines only he had in town.
Because we live in a 5th wheeler and have a F250 to pull it we ALWAYS look for the cheapest fuel, it can mean as much as a $20 saving on a tank full.
PlanB
7th Nov 2012
9:32am
Yes they have Min, I have also been asking them to give use a reduction on out groceries because we do not have their petrol near us-- (not that I would buy it if we did) so far they have ignored me


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