Petrol prices

johnboy 23 January 2007 35

The Canberra Times is having a whinge about the cost of petrol in Canberra compared to Sydney.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t petrol here always been more expensive than in Sydney? Something to do with having to ship the fuel by rail from the refinery and over the great divide?

Personally I’m stoked to see it down to $1.05.


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VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 10:58 am 24 Jan 07

The Chev 5.7litre engine used in these Holdens prefers the higher octane fuels. Mine certainly runs much better on the good stuff.

jube jube 6:24 am 24 Jan 07

I (now) own a chauffuered hire car, which happens to be a 5.7 ltr V8 Holden Statesman (although it is badged as a Chevy cos I refuse to admit I have sunken to driving a Holden….), and I have noticed massive discrepancies in price from one side of Canberra to the other, let alone Sydney/Melbourne/Broken Hill prices. Tuggeranong ALWAYS drops its prices at least 12 hours before City/Belco does, and the Airport Caltex usually about 4 days after that (consistently higher there than anywhere else). That said, average northside price at 04:30 this morning was Belco 106.9, Tuggers 104.9 (before discounts).

Brand loyalty is important to me if only for the reason that if I get bad fuel (read: major loss of income), I have a fair idea where it came from. Tend to stick to Caltex Kaleen & Braddon (same owners, same truck refuels both stations)and only use 98 octane premium.

joeyjo joeyjo 8:32 pm 23 Jan 07

Canberra doesn’t seem to have a working class community to help keep prices low. Everyone is happy to pay more. We don’t demand bargains, we just pay whatever.

Big Al Big Al 6:38 pm 23 Jan 07

From recollection, everytime there’s an inquiry into Canberra fuel prices the outcomes seems to be that the cost is higher in Canberra because of the reduced competition (low number of outlets) and the transport cost.

If I could figure out how to download a picture from my phone I’d post a pic I took of a servo in Port Headland before Chrissy – the fuel cost was the same as in Canberra but they dont have problems with competition (there are four servos in Port Headland) and transport cost would be lower given that they’re only 19hrs by road from Perth…

andy andy 4:14 pm 23 Jan 07

threeze, i just avoid charnwood.
Melba quite often has fairly low prices too

Ari Ari 2:39 pm 23 Jan 07

Bonfire, just add a dash of whale oil – that’ll fire it up pronto.

bonfire bonfire 2:34 pm 23 Jan 07

its hard to get the stanley steamer going now that briquettes arent made in victoria anymore. the briquettes from qld are of an inferior grade coal.

takes much longer to get a decent head of steam up.

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 1:52 pm 23 Jan 07

I never use shell because on more than one occasion I’ve had bad fuel from them. The fuel they sell probably comes from the same refinery that services my local Woolies, but hey, it’s my choice.

That said, I only use premium 98 in the Berlina.

threeze threeze 1:23 pm 23 Jan 07

i avoid the Shell at Charnwood because i went through a couple of fuel pumps and thought a change was in order, only use the Mobils in Fyshwick, Melba and Holt and haven’t replaced a fuel pump in years.

Danman Danman 1:22 pm 23 Jan 07

o being I obviously

andy andy 1:22 pm 23 Jan 07

i don’t use the 4c a litre off, because it equates to all of about 2.50 with my tank
and ya know, for that money, I really couldn’t care.

Danman Danman 1:22 pm 23 Jan 07

O go to wooolies because its the only damn servo in Gunghalin

sim_m_o sim_m_o 1:20 pm 23 Jan 07

Ok then, brand loyalty is not prevalent. Some people probably only also go to Shell because the sponsor (sponsored?) the Ferrari F1 team, and to Caltex because they sponsor a Stone Brothers car in the v8 supercars series.

Sammy Sammy 1:11 pm 23 Jan 07

No, there is no brand loyalty

I tend to go to Woolworths, because I like the green branding.

sim_m_o sim_m_o 12:57 pm 23 Jan 07

ha, no, not an arts degree. At the minute though it seems most graduates go out to get jobs answering phones, so we’ll see what happens anyway.

Brand loyalty also occurs when positive feelings are associated with a brand. I can tell you when most customers come in to get petrol, it doesn’t matter who the vendor is, they hate paying for petrol, to the extent that you have people abusing you (because I am personally responsible for prices) and threatening you with physical violence. Throw in a few Today Tonight/ACA stories about the evils of woolworths,makes for a pleasant working environment. Having said that, some customers are lovely, and are consistently nice to the operators.

Basically, Answer: No, there is no brand loyalty.

Danman Danman 12:57 pm 23 Jan 07

When I had a suzuki swift that had a 5000 dollar rebuild – I would only buy premium – and even then – only from BP in Woden (is that the one on the corner) – seemed that it ran the best on this and went the furthest (maybe it was psychosomatic – but BP woden was better than other BP’s).

Now I got an EB falcon that was given to me – it runs on anything that I give it – the cheaper the better. So I guess your passion in your quest for petrol quality is dictated by how much you have vested in your vehicle.

Dont get me wrong – I care about my car still – and maintain it accordingly – just dont wrap it in cotton wool like my old swift.

Ralph Ralph 12:53 pm 23 Jan 07

Shell only for me.

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 12:48 pm 23 Jan 07

Question, is their brand loyalty with petrol? I don’t personally care where I get petrol

Unbeliever Unbeliever 12:25 pm 23 Jan 07

Hawked is obviously meant to be Hawke.

Unbeliever Unbeliever 12:24 pm 23 Jan 07

sim_m_o Bob Hawked had a BA and looked at what he achieved!

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