Regional motorists are being encouraged to use fuel-price comparison apps or websites to get the best deal in the lead-up to the school holidays and Grand Final weekend.
Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria, Simon Cohen, said that apps can make it easier for regional consumers to find the cheapest deal and follow petrol prices in real time as they’re being set by retailers.
“Fuel-price comparison apps and websites provide transparency over fuel pricing - an added benefit for consumers,” Mr Cohen said.
“While prices can vary from place to place and day to day, comparing prices before you buy can save you money.
“In one case, the RACV website showed that a motorist in Sunbury could have saved up to 20 cents per litre by driving less than two kilometres to another petrol station.
“Another example using the Compare the Market website showed motorists in Bendigo could save up to 15 cents per litre.
“By downloading a fuel-price app or visiting a comparison website, you can track where to get the cheapest petrol in your area.
“Consumers can help each other get the best deal in town by uploading information about prices in their area to comparison websites and crowdsourcing apps.”
Mr Cohen reminds consumers that they should never pay more for their petrol than the price advertised on the fuel-price board, and to report service stations that only advertise the discounted price.
Top tips for finding the cheapest fuel prices:
- Before downloading an app, read the reviews in the app stores and do some research to get the app with the most up-to-date information.
- Speak to others who use the apps and see what they say. What are the pros and cons of each one?
- Where possible, check apps or websites before setting out on your trip, to see if you can locate the cheapest fuel on the way to your destination without having to detour.
- If you do not use apps, use price comparison websites instead. If you are not online at all, get advice about fuel prices from friends and family who may be using them or are up to date with the latest information.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) monitors fuel prices. For further information, visit the Fuel in regional Australia page on the ACCC website.