Free UK fuel prices. Over 8,000 petrol stations covered Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:36:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Traffic Chaos Continues Between the UK and France Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:36:24 +0000 report on The BBC.  Migrants seeking a new life in the UK are continuing to regularly storm the entrance of the Operation stackEuroTunnel on the French side, resulting in huge travel delays, and the continuing presence of “Operation Stack” on the M20 in Kent. According to The BBC, some lorry drivers are facing traffic queues of up to 18 hours before they can join freight services into France via the Eurotunnel. In turn, Operation Stack is causing knock-on delays on the road network around Kent. This weekend, extra fencing and sniffer dogs will be sent to France in an attempt to deal with the problem, though many people are highly sceptical as to how effective these steps will be. If you’re driving to or from France for leisure reasons, you should expect delays, however they’re unlikely to be of the magnitude of those facing lorry drivers. At the time of writing there are reports of delays of just an hour for Eurotunnel passenger services, and around 30 minutes for ferry services on P&O and DFDS. However, it’s important to note that you actually have to get to the port first, and with the M20 closed “coast bound” to house the Operation Stack queue, that’s not quite as straightforward as it sounds. IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr  ]]> 0 Survey Shows Staggering Variation in Car Maintenance Costs Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:11:27 +0000 garage. However, a recent Auto Express survey, reported on by The Telegraph, has revealed that this cost variation can be truly enormous. The report, producing using costs compiled by WarrantyWise, one of the UK’s leading third-party vehicle warranty providers, shows that the average labour rate for car maintenance across the UK is £84.30 per hour. However, drivers in Kirkwall pay nearly half that (£44 per hour), while London motorists pay an average of £101.60 per hour. The largest variation between garages amounts to an incredible £204 per hour. These figures go to prove the importance of shopping around for quotes if your car requires maintenance. Choosing the wrong garage can mean paying over 200% more for the labour alone. While some regional variation is to be expected, accepting the first quote you see seems a foolhardy strategy. It obviously takes some time to ring (or drive) around seeking out the best quote, but when the difference in the eventual bill can prove this huge, it’s surely worth the effort? IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 Oil Prices on the Slide Again Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:47:43 +0000 report in The Week, indications are that the price of oil has “further to fall,” with the downward trend predicted to remain at least until the end of the year. This is clearly great news for motorists, who can expect corresponding drops in petrol and diesel prices. In the case of the latter, reductions are already appearing, as we’ve reported over recent weeks. The main driving force behind the cheaper oil is an excess of supply against a backdrop of rather Petrol Pricesstagnant demand. OPEC nations in the Middle East are maintaining supply levels to compete with fracking operations in the US. In addition, due to the forthcoming withdrawal of economic sanctions, it’s expected that oil from Iran will soon add to the worldwide glut, placing further downward pressure on the price of crude. The falling cost of oil has once again led multiple news outlets to speculate as to just how low pump prices could go, and mentions of petrol at less than £1 per litre are once again beginning to appear in the national press. Several of our European neighbours are already paying less than this. We’ll refrain from speculating about 99 pence litres for now. However, it does seem that the stars are beginning to align for a new phase of price reductions. IMAGE CREDIT: Pixabay]]> 0 UK Supermarkets Drop Diesel Prices Again Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:02:53 +0000 delivered the rather depressing news that despite price reductions and a competitive climate, Brits are still paying more for diesel fuel than people elsewhere in Europe. However, at least things are moving in the right direction; In the past 24 hours, three UK supermarket chains, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, have all announced further diesel price cuts, all amounting to an additional two pence on the litre. While price variations still exist between diesel and unleaded depending on the forecourt you Supermarket Dieselchoose, The RAC now believe diesel will be cheaper “across the board” within days, according to a report on This is Money.  Unfortunately, the report also refers to some instances of the price of unleaded petrol increasing, while the price of diesel goes down. Wholesale unleaded prices are dropping as well as wholesale diesel prices, so there’s no logical reason why unleaded should go up in price at this point. Asda appear to be abstaining from joining in this particular round of the current diesel price war, however they are holding firm to a previously-mentioned diesel price cap of 112.7 pence per litre. Another point the report makes is that despite the “price war” there are still huge variations in cost from forecourt to forecourt, and as usual the motorway service stations are charging far more than the supermarkets. We suggest making use of our free tool to help identify the cheapest place to fill up in your area. IMAGE CREDIT: Geograph]]> 1 British Diesel Still Most Expensive in Europe Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:52:08 +0000 parity with petrol, and is now cheaper than (or the same price as) unleaded in most filling stations. On top of this, supermarkets have once again started sparring with each other, using cheap fuelUK Diesel prices as a way to lure people to their stores. It’s all added up to giving diesel owners some of the cheapest fill-ups they’ll have had in a while. However, a couple of press reports over the weekend have brought some sobering perspective to this scene. Basically, despite these price changes, diesel is still more expensive in the UK than it is anywhere else in Europe. According to a report on The Olive Press, British diesel works out to about €1.66 per litre at current exchange rates, which is more than 40% higher than the price in Spain. So, despite recent reductions, it does seem that AA representatives are right when they say that retailers could still do more to pull down the price of UK diesel. It’s still widely believed that there is sufficient “wiggle room” to bring the cost down by another four pence per litre. The cheapest place to buy diesel across the whole of Europe is Luxembourg, where it costs the equivalent of just 77 pence per litre. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 Driving Between UK and France? Allow Extra Time! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:19:29 +0000 Sky News report. Hardly a day goes by without a high-profile news story about migrants attempting to storm the tunnel, resulting in delays. Dover Calais “Operation Stack” has been underway, on and off, for some time now, resulting in huge queues of lorries heading along the M20 towards the EuroTunnel and the port of Dover. Now the problem is being compounded by the actions of French farmers who are staging protests in France, aiming to cause chaos by blocking roads and bridges. So far, action has been concentrated on the A6 and A7 motorways, the key routes down to resorts in the south of the country. However, the Sky report highlights that the actions of the farmers are likely to be unpredictable and could lead to delays on other French roads too. The key message to take away is that delays in either direction between the UK and France are currently highly likely, and that motorists should allow extra travel time, and also ensure they have provisions to stay fed and hydrated during any unexpected hold-ups. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Shell Launch PayPal Fuel Payment Option Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:24:42 +0000 talked about a new mobile phone payment option coming to Shell forecourts. This has now started to launch nationwide, and provides another way to pay for fuel without leaving the side of your car. You need three things: a smartphone running iOS or Android, a PayPal account, and the Shell PayPalMotorist App. Once everything is set up and your PayPal account is linked, you can pay for fuel by simply selecting the amount you wish to spend, and scanning a QR barcode on the petrol pump at Shell garages. This raises a bit of dilemma, as you’re not supposed to use mobile phones on petrol station forecourts. As Engadget points out, the official instructions say to stay in the vehicle whilst scanning the code, but it remains to be seen how many people will pay attention! With Apple Pay having just launched in the UK too, payment options in petrol stations (and elsewhere) are clearly evolving. Time will tell whether this PayPal venture is genuinely useful to people, or whether it’s technology for technology’s sake. Let us know your take in the comments. IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr]]> 0 Environmental Groups Concerned About Diesel Price Drop Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:31:04 +0000 welcomed a fuel price cut. The UK has finally joined the rest of Europe in offering diesel to motorists at the same price or cheaper than unleaded petrol. The price of diesel is also being pushed down yet further by an emerging price war at supermarket filling stations. However, not everyone is happy about cheaper diesel. A campaigner from the “Clean Air in Diesel EmissionsLondon” group has stated that it’s not good news “from a health perspective,” according to a report on Air Quality News.  According to the report, there are currently far more petrol cars on the roads than diesels, but more than half of new vehicles sold are diesels, which over time will change the balance. The fact that it now seems that diesel fuel will soon cost less than petrol across the board is likely to encourage far more car buyers to go for the diesel option. The government has muddied the waters on this issue recently by reinventing the car tax system following the recent budget. Clean Air in London believe the new emission-based bands will further encourage the use of diesels while the government simultaneously fights to meet nitrogen dioxide emission targets. These emissions tend to be higher on diesel vehicles, but the new car tax bands don’t take this into account. The campaigning group raises a valid point. If you drive a diesel or are considering buying one, it’s worth remembering that the recent price cut is due to wholesale costs and is not a government initiative! If the government is going to meet its nitrogen dioxide emission targets, it may have to do something in the future to discourage the use of diesels. There are opposing forces at work here that all motorists should be aware of. IMAGE CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]]> 0 Oil Prices Seem Set to Fall Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:43:06 +0000 Reuters report, oil prices are on track for their biggest monthly fall since March. The Diesel Pumpcost of crude is currently “steady,” but has fallen by just over 10% already this month. The primary reason for this fall is a “glut” of oil on the global markets, which has finally begun to push down the market price. Many pundits have predicted this fall for some time, and it has finally started to materialise. The Reuters report quotes an expert analyst from a brokerage firm as saying that their next forecast for the price of crude oil is for a further fall. As we’ve discussed many times before, a fall in the price of crude oil doesn’t tend to translate to an immediate fall in pump prices – in part because retailers want to hang on to the extra profits for as long as possible, and also because many source their fuel ahead, resulting in a time delay on any savings. However, this news, coupled with cheaper diesel and an emerging forecourt price war, all adds up to a positive overall picture for motorists. Long may it continue! IMAGE CREDIT: Wikipedia]]> 0 Diesel Price Begins to Fall Below Unleaded Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:28:23 +0000 reported by multiple media outlets including The Mirror. Furthermore, the phrase “price war” is coming up with increasing frequency. The Morrisions Diesel Price warchain has this morning dropped the price of diesel, after similar recent moves from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda. According to The Mirror’s report, diesel seems likely to become universally cheaper than petrol for the first time in nearly fifteen years. However, for our neighbours elsewhere in Europe this is nothing unusual, as diesel is cheaper almost everywhere else, and has been for some time. Although the average prices at the time of writing still show unleaded at a couple of pence less per litre, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this switch around in the coming days. As we reported last week, we are starting to see all the hallmarks of a new price war, and it seems likely we might see some price reductions across the board. Some other European countries, including Portugal, are reporting fuel price reductions this morning. Let’s hope they spread to us too. In the meantime you can locate the cheapest fuel near you using our free tool. IMAGE CREDIT: Pixabay]]> 1