Queensland's Most Expensive Petrol Stations Revealed
Coles Express, Caltex and BP have been named and shamed as some of the most expensive petrol stations in Queensland.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) revealed on Wednesday the most expensive -- as well as the cheapest -- places to fill up with unleaded petrol, using data gathered during June from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan and the Bayside region.
Coles Express topped the list with the most expensive prices for last month, sitting at an average 146.8 cents per litre (cpl) -- almost three cpl more that Caltex, BP and Freedom.
Both 7-Eleven and Pacific Petroleum weren't far behind with average prices of 142.9cpl and 142.7cpl respectively.
According to RACQ, larger companies often have the advantage of being located on busy roads or motorways so they are able to capitalise on customers being desperate for their product.
"Often these bigger companies have the luxury of being located on major, high traffic roads where desperate drivers pull in and fill up because it’s convenient, even though cheaper fuel could be just around the corner," RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said.
On the other end of the spectrum, Metro was recorded as offering the cheapest prices for Queenslanders in June. The "aggressive discounter" recently expanded into Queensland and seriously challenged its competitors, offering customers a massive 14 cpl less than the most expensive.
“Surprisingly, supermarket giant Woolworths was perhaps the largest retailer offering prices at the cheaper end of the market," Smith said.
Brisbane is now entering a peak in its petrol price cycle, and Smith urged drivers to shop around for a good deal.
“20.9 percent of retailers in Brisbane are selling at the new high of 165.9cpl. But there’s still cheap fuel available," Smith said.
Motorists are urged to monitor apps and websites to locate the best deal in their area before heading to the bowser.
It's also recommended by RACQ not to spend in excess of 128 cpl.
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