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Five ways to always pay less for petrol and diesel

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Five ways to always pay less for petrol and diesel© Provided by lovemoney.co.uk Five ways to always pay less for petrol and diesel

1. Find the cheapest local petrol or diesel price

Head over to PetrolPrices.com and enter your postcode, and you’ll see what prices your local pumps are charging.

For example, where I live there is a difference of 8p per litre between the cheapest and most expensive petrol stations within a couple of miles of my house. That sort of saving will quickly add up!

2. Supermarket petrol and diesel: make the most of promotions

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The nation’s supermarkets are some of the cheapest places to pick up fuel already, but they also regularly run promotions which mean you can fill up your car even cheaper.

For example, Sainsbury’s has offered 10 Nectar points for every litre, rather than the usual one point. It reckoned that was the equivalent of a 5p per litre saving.

A more permanent offering is the Fuel Saver programme at Morrisons. To take advantage you need to buy a gift card in Morrisons for one of the companies included in the scheme such as Accessorize, BHS, Cineworld or H. Samuel. For every £10 you spend on gift cards, you’ll get a coupon for 1p off for every litre of fuel purchased in a single transaction at a Morrisons petrol station.

You can build up a collection of coupons, but be warned they only last for 63 days so you can’t spend too long stocking them up!

3. Petrol station loyalty cards

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Various petrol stations offer loyalty cards, which can help you save on the cost of filling up.

For example, Texaco operates the Star Rewards scheme. You get one point for every litre of petrol or diesel that you buy. Once you hit 500 points, you can turn that into a £5 voucher to use the next time you fill the car. Alternatively, you can convert those points into vouchers for retailers including Argos and Marks & Spencer.

Shell operates a similar scheme called Shell Drivers Club where you get one point for every litre of Fuel Save, regular fuel or Autogas LPG, or two points for every litre of V-Power Nitro+. Further points can be earned when you spend in the service station, or if you get your car washed. You can then convert 500 points into a £2.50 voucher.

4. Pay with the right credit card

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Using the right credit card to pay for your fuel is also an easy way to save cash.

There’s a new top credit card for drivers, which is well worth a look. The AA FuelSave credit card offers a whopping 4% cashback on your fuel spending, so long as you spend at least £500 during the month on the card. If you spend less than that, it drops to 2% cashback on your fuel spending.

On top of that, you get free AA breakdown cover in your first year and a free MOT every year that you have the card. You earn 0.5% cashback on all non-fuel spending too, though there is a £3.50 monthly fee to be aware of.

Alternatively, the Santander 123 credit card pays 3% cashback on travel spending, including on fuel. It pays 2% cashback on department store spending and 1% cashback on supermarket purchases, with a £2 monthly fee (rising to £3 from January).

4. Improve your car's fuel efficiency!

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The final way to ensure that you pay as little for your petrol and diesel every time you fill up is to make your fuel go further.

Here are some simple things that the motoring experts at WhatCar? recommend doing to improve your fuel efficiency.

Take those bulky items out if you don’t need them – if the baby is staying at home, so can their buggy!

Things like bike racks and roof boxes add extra wind resistance, so your car has to work harder. If you aren’t using them, take them off.

Get your car serviced regularly and pump up your tyres. Look after your car, and it will look after your bank balance.

Work out your route before you head off. That way you won’t end up driving further than necessary, or get stuck in traffic.

Unless you really need it, leave the air conditioning off. The same goes for all other electrical appliances in the car.

Be gentle with your gear changes and braking.

Some modern cars are fitted with engine stop-start technology. Making the most of that, by taking your foot off the clutch when you are stationary, will help you save fuel.

WhatCar? research suggests that driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than going at 70mph.

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