This is probably the best of the services on offer, although some users may be put off by the need to register to use the website. Nevertheless, signing up is free and will ensure you receive free email updates on prices in your area on a schedule of your choosing. The site additionally plots stations on an interactive map, as well as providing in-depth analysis of where you are in relation to each station, the price of fuel there and the date that data was last updated.
Update frequency is impressive: the site claims 8,000 daily updates. A comprehensive ‘PetrolPrices Pro’ app is available for iOS and Android, currently priced at £3.
Offering up all its information without the need to register, Whatgas.com is an attractive alternative. Again, petrol station locations are positioned on an interactive map. Clicking on each flag will show the price of Unleaded 95, Diesel and LPG Autogas in pence per litre, alongside the date each price was updated. Users can provide this information themselves for other users of the service.
Prices are generally updated every week, but a few more remote stations may remain out of date for some time. While full of useful information, Whatgas.com does lack deeper functionality – it won’t tell you where the best prices are for fuel in your area, you’ll have to manually look for them yourself.
The app version adds in a lot of this functionality and is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone for less than a pound.
Further petrol pricing tips
- Avoid going too far out of your way for small savings
- It’s pointless to think about where it’s cheapest to fill up if you’ve only got 10 miles worth of fuel left to get there – leave about 25 miles at least, 50 for long journeys
- Supermarkets often provide cheap petrol, and offer the convenience of getting petrol with your shopping, as well as coupon and reward incentives
- Sign up for loyalty schemes, but remember to shop around: reward points rarely cover the differences in cost