Average unleaded petrol prices in Australia have risen by almost 80% since early 2003 from around 90c per litre to about $1.60 per litre of standard unleaded petrol in mid-2008.
Motormouth Petrol Price Comparison Service
Motormouth is a great free service that can save you time and money by making it easier to find the cheapest ULP, PULP, Diesel, LPG in your area, or register to receive free petrol price alerts by email.
MotorMouth currently reports cheap petrol prices in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth only.
Buy Petrol At Low Point of Price Cycle
The cheapest and most expensive days of the week for petrol are influenced by price cycles. While price cycles usually operate in regular patterns, the cheapest and most expensive days of the week to buy petrol may change from time to time. Since historical data can only give an indication of the cheapest and most expensive days to buy petrol in the future, consumers should use this information as a guide only.
This ACCC page Cheapest day of the week for petrol in the major Australian capital cities may help you identify a local pricing pattern.
Save Money by Getting a Cheaper CTP Greenslip
If you live in Western Australia, the Fuelwatch website gives you, the motorist, the opportunity to make informed fuel purchases and potentially save hundreds of dollars a year by providing tomorrow’s fuel prices the day before.
After 2:30pm each day, by using the Fuelwatch website or phone service, you can find out what your local petrol station in Western Australia will be charging the following day, and whether the prices are going up or down. This gives you the opportunity to time your purchases for the best fuel buys.
FuelWatch is an initiative of the Western Australian Government and is administered by the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, and covers most retailers in WA.
Save On Car Running Costs – Diesel, LPG, Hybrid or Downsize?
This is a very confusing time for car buyers.With all of the talk of ‘peak oil‘, carbon pollution reduction schemes and climate change you may be concerned that petrol will just disappear from the pumps – or worse, become so expensive that you can’t afford to even run your car.
Whilst it’s highly unlikely that petrol will disappear overnight – indeed it won’t – you can’t be so certain that the oil price won’t skyrocket tomorrow – or fall back again just a few months later.
In that light, being careful in weighing up your car-buying options makes good sense.
Crucially, it’s understanding how reliant (or not) you are on your car day-to-day, how large the loads are that you regularly carry (both people and their goods and chattels) and how far you must drive that will underpin a sound decision. Whether or not you can think coolly and logically about your vehicle options will make all the difference.
Why 4WD / SUVs are Terrible Family Cars and Use Lots of Fuel As Well
“Mothers have started to swarm in tightly organised groups of 200,000 or so toward the 4WD off-road car. Really and truly it’s hard to think of a more inappropriate selection of family cars.”
“I tell you people who have off road cars [in the city] are stupid and mad. They should be driven from the roads and birched to within an inch of their lives. Off road cars are daft, anti social and idiotic and the people who drive them are fools.”
These are direct quotes from British motoring Journalist Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame who is well known for his bluntly delivered opinions.