Petrol Prices Melbourne Australia
The DIY Cheapest Petrol Prices Melbourne page has been put together to give you knowledge and links to help you determine the cheapest petrol prices in Melbourne, or in fact any location across Australia. These are the tools and techniques I've come across as a result of letting people know when petrol prices are peaking.
The single biggest saving that can be made on petrol roughly each month, is when prices bottom out and they start to peak. Find a cheaper petrol station and you can save around 25 cents a litre, or for a tank fill up of 50 litres, that can save $12.50. Do that 10-12 times a year for one or two cars and the money certainly adds up.
They say slow and steady wins the race, which in the case of petrol, is also true. By shopping around and using petrol discount vouchers, the regular savings add up over a long period of time.
Determining when petrol prices are about to bottom out
In Melbourne, the petrol prices are about to bottom out when the petrol price drops
to around the average wholesale or gate price. At this point keep
an eye on the prices. The following site allows you to check the current average
gate price for petrol.
Watch petrol prices to see when they're peaking
When petrol prices in Melbourne bottom out, they can sit at the bottom for up to a week, or they
can rebound quickly. One area may continue to go down in prices for a couple of days, whilst the rest
peak. There seems to be little logic except that once the prices bottom, they will peak and it
usually takes around 2-4 days for the market the adjust to the new peak.
Lock in a low price for an extra week using the 7 Eleven fuel app
Previously I really didn't use 7 Eleven for fuel, but now they usually get a purchase around once a month.
The reason, their Fuel app. With the 7 Eleven Fuel app you can lock in the lowest petrol price
near where you're currently located.
Woolworths Fuel app and discount voucher
Yep. I used to buy petrol at my local Shell/Coles Express most of the time from habit. But then I realised
that a number of Woolworths service stations I'd often drive past, had prices 3-4 cents per litre or more
cheaper. The closest Woolworths Petrol is similar in price to the local Shell/Coles Express,
so I don't use that service station much anymore either.
Petrol Spy petrol price app
The Petrol Spy fuel app is a handy app, but it is best used in conjunction with other apps.
I use Petrol Spy in the following way.
To see the lowest prices in an area, or across all of Melbourne, I open Petrol Spy, press the zoom out button (the minus sign) a couple of times. Wait between each press otherwise you may get a "too many" message appear. Now you see all the area, or all of Melbourne. Then press the list icon at the top left, which then shows the list of petrol stations starting from the lowest price.
Once I have a price that is of interest, I then crosscheck the price when I can using the Woolworths Petrol app or the 7 Eleven Fuel app.
Areas or petrol stations regularly having good prices.
It is a good idea to become aware of where there may be better petrol prices. In my area, petrol stations near us, or to the north, are often up to four cents a litre more expensive. A couple of Woolworths petrol stations in Doncaster East, when you add in the discount voucher, are often the best prices in the area. In the south Costco offers petrol at very good prices and influences prices in the area.
Whilst you find patterns of lower prices at times, sometimes there's service stations that simply offer a good price out of the blue. Our local Shell/Coles Express is often more expensive, but then suddenly offers a good price when combined with their discount voucher.
Avoid making a specific trip to get petrol, or deviating too far out of your way. The kilometres add up and that uses petrol, which can end up costing more than the savings. Whilst you can see cheaper petrol prices using the apps, sometimes it simply isn't cost effective for you to get to the petrol station.
Use the apps and websites when planning a trip and check out petrol prices along the way. We used to fill up before we left on a longer trip, but now if appropriate, fill up somewhere on the trip.