PetrolPrices.com Review

petrolprices.com finds lower petrol prices within the UK

A little while ago we took a look at GasBuddy.com, a website (withs apps for android and iPhone) that helps you find the cheapest gas prices in the United States. Today we are going to take a look at PetrolPrices.com – a website that aims to offer a similar service for United Kingdom residents. Note to non-UK readers: what we call gas in the US is called petrol in the UK.

PetrolPrices.com allows you to search for the lowest priced petrol by postcode or town/city. It’s free to use and while you do need to sign up to take advantage of the information, it’s not a big deal and doesn’t take long.

The site gets it data from fuel card transactions from all around the country, and updates the prices once a day – but not at weekends. Yes, you read that correctly. There are apps for iPhone and android, but not only are they not free, the cost is an annual fee not a one-off payment.

Pros

  • It does give you a fair choice for most locations and will most likely save you money compared to not using it.
  • It’s completely free to use the website, and pretty straightforward too.
  • You can set up email price updates for the area you want.

Cons

  • Due to the way it collects data, not all petrol stations are included. Unlike GasBuddy, users cannot update or upload prices. So you may not be getting the lowest price at all.
  • Prices updated once a day, Monday to Friday only. Seriously? You are getting data from the previous day at best, so in many cases it is already out of date.
  • Unlike GasBuddy, the apps are not free but cost an annual fee.

Overall Opinion
While PetrolPrices.com is worth trying out, we can’t help but feel it’s a bit of a let-down when you compare it to what is available elsewhere in the world: GasBuddy.com for example. In particular, the frequency of price updates seems quite poor.

OK, the website is free to use so we recommend you give it a try, but there is a lot of room for improvement. If you have been using it, please let us know your experience.

Philip

5 Comments

  1. We need something better like gas buddy here in the uk. This is a complete waste of time with 5 price changes a week, obviously the information is already out of date when you get it. Ridiculous. Why can’t we get things right in this country no wonder the economy is in such a state.

    • It did surprise us how infrequently they update the prices – and no weekend updates at all. Strange.

  2. If I were in the UK, I’d pass on this. It sounds like a poor imitation of gasbuddy. So to my friends across the pond – sorry! 🙁

  3. On one hand, I wish all countries in Europe had similar websites 😀 I wouldn’t mind cutting down on some costs, if possible. On the other hand, I heard that it’s better to fill up your tank from the same place, if possible, something to do with the quality of the gas… I live by an OMV gas station and I use them all the time.

    • That’s a good point about the quality of cheaper fuel, Marie. I think many of us are guilty of thinking “gas is gas” because it’s such a generic commodity. I wonder how much the quality does vary. Interesting.

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