AS WORKERS count down the hours to the start of the long weekend, thoughts may be turning to getaways ... and fuel prices.
If you’ve left filling up to the last minute, we’ve got your back.
According to FuelCheck a little earlier, Metro Tamworth on Armidale Road is the best spot for E10 at 143.9c per litre – 11.5c/L cheaper than the priciest place in town.
Premium 95 is cheapest at United Petroleum Tamworth on Goonoo Goonoo Road at 159.7c/L.
If it’s diesel that you’re after, Transwest Fuels at Nemingha is your spot.
A Mobil South Tamworth spokesman in Sydney said the barrel price had gone up more than 20 per cent since Easter, prompting changes in buyer behaviour.
“Our buying prices have gone up, so the customer fill-up price has gone up, so they’re spending less,” he said.
“We’re trying to discount to try to maintain the volume, so we’re running on a very skinny margin.”
What’s on the horizon for fuel prices?
“I don’t know, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? It’s something the people in Singapore know, but I don’t know that answer. I just know my buying price every morning,” he said, wryly.
In Tamworth, the service station’s business director Nick Patel said the prices hadn’t been this high since 2014, and it was “ridiculous” for customers.
“They are very angry, but most of the people do understand that it’s nothing to do with the retailers,” he said.
People were tending to just stick to their fuel budget rather than fill right up and damn the expense.
“The amount of money they spend for petrol is the same, but obviously they get less litres out of it,” he said.