Brighton motorists celebrate petrol price drop

The Argus: Brighton motorists celebrate petrol price drop Brighton motorists celebrate petrol price drop

Hard-pressed motorists have been given some festive cheer with the news a major supermarket has cut the price of petrol.

Asda yesterday announced it would take 2p off the cost of a litre of unleaded.

In an added bonus, the retailer, which is one of the city's biggest private employers, promised to cap the price of unleaded at 126p per litre and diesel at 134p for the foreseeable future.

Shoppers welcomed the move but some questioned how long the price freeze could last.

Andy Peake, Asda's petrol trading director said: “With Christmas just around the corner and finances tighter than ever, we're pleased we can do our bit to make our customers' hard-earned cash go a little further.

“Other scrooge retailers should share the Christmas spirit and follow our lead.”

The firm, which has stores in Hollingbury and Brighton Marina, said it was able to reduce the prices due to a reduction in wholesale oil prices.

However, when asked how long the low prices would last, a spokeswoman for Asda told The Argus that retaining the price caps all depends on whether oil prices maintain such a low wholesale price.

But with oil prices notoriously unstable, it is not known if prices could shoot back up by the start of the New Year.

The spokeswoman said: “Hopefully we'll be able to keep prices this low for as long as possible, but the oil market fluctuates all the time.”

Following the news, The Argus took to the streets to speak to motorists about the freeze.

James Canfield, 24, said: “I always come to Asda to get my fuel - it's got the best prices even without the caps. I'd stay with them even if I ended up paying a few more pence, so I say good for them.”

Andrew Forsyth, 45, said: “It's difficult not to be cynical and think that they just want to get in as many people as they can for the Christmas period - it would be nice to see the prices all year round.”

Sayed Salih, 27, said: “It's pretty good for people travelling to see their families - I know Asda are making bundles of money from it.”

Tristan Parks, 42, said: “I say keep the prices this low - if they can afford to do it now then I reckon they surely they could do it for the rest of the year.

“If prices stay low then I'll keep on getting my petrol here.”

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7:03am Wed 18 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once!
Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once! HJarrs

8:00am Wed 18 Dec 13

Skidrow says...

On unleaded the saving is 2.7p and diesel 1.7p THe average is 2.2p If you have a proper car the saving is easily over £1 then multiply that by the number of cars they serve in an average day and the offer is hardly a free advert, even if it only lasts til New years eve.
On unleaded the saving is 2.7p and diesel 1.7p THe average is 2.2p If you have a proper car the saving is easily over £1 then multiply that by the number of cars they serve in an average day and the offer is hardly a free advert, even if it only lasts til New years eve. Skidrow

8:20am Wed 18 Dec 13

RottingdeanRant says...

HJarrs wrote:
Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once!
But much better to have the 50p in my pocket instead of theirs. If we all ignored the more expensive petrol stations then more would be forced to cut their prices. See http://www.petrolpri
ces.com for a regular update of the cheapest in your area.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once![/p][/quote]But much better to have the 50p in my pocket instead of theirs. If we all ignored the more expensive petrol stations then more would be forced to cut their prices. See http://www.petrolpri ces.com for a regular update of the cheapest in your area. RottingdeanRant

9:21am Wed 18 Dec 13

lotsofducks says...

2p a litre is probably more like £1/tankful (based on a 50 litre tank). If, like me, you fill your car up twice a month, that is £24/year. More important, however, is the point about "If we all ignored the more expensive petrol stations then more would be forced to cut their prices". I am stunned that motorists in large numbers buy fuel at motorway service stations, where the prices are ~12-14p/litre more than non-motorway garages (i.e. £6-7/tankful). Whilst I accept that motorway service areas may have to charge a slight premium, 14p/litre is, frankly, extortion. If we all refused to fill up there, these prices would HAVE to be normalised...
2p a litre is probably more like £1/tankful (based on a 50 litre tank). If, like me, you fill your car up twice a month, that is £24/year. More important, however, is the point about "If we all ignored the more expensive petrol stations then more would be forced to cut their prices". I am stunned that motorists in large numbers buy fuel at motorway service stations, where the prices are ~12-14p/litre more than non-motorway garages (i.e. £6-7/tankful). Whilst I accept that motorway service areas may have to charge a slight premium, 14p/litre is, frankly, extortion. If we all refused to fill up there, these prices would HAVE to be normalised... lotsofducks

9:23am Wed 18 Dec 13

Ohnotagain ! says...

HJarrs wrote:
Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once!
You obviously have a small one don't you !!!
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once![/p][/quote]You obviously have a small one don't you !!! Ohnotagain !

10:11am Wed 18 Dec 13

bluemonday says...

I don't think "celebrating" is quite the phrase do you,more likely people wondering why the hell the prices just go up and down all the time,it may be a loss leader for a supermarket but the likes of b.p seem to make it up day after day
I don't think "celebrating" is quite the phrase do you,more likely people wondering why the hell the prices just go up and down all the time,it may be a loss leader for a supermarket but the likes of b.p seem to make it up day after day bluemonday

11:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Most car fuel tanks are between 50 & 60 litres: to do the maths from this is not taxing!
Most car fuel tanks are between 50 & 60 litres: to do the maths from this is not taxing! Tailgaters Anonymous

12:11pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Brighton1000 says...

Ohnotagain ! wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once!
You obviously have a small one don't you !!!
And not just a small tank ;)
[quote][p][bold]Ohnotagain ![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once![/p][/quote]You obviously have a small one don't you !!![/p][/quote]And not just a small tank ;) Brighton1000

12:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

gheese77 says...

How much did ASDA pay for this piece of 'reporting' ?
Or maybe theres a deal for free sandwiches from ASDA for the Argus office
How much did ASDA pay for this piece of 'reporting' ? Or maybe theres a deal for free sandwiches from ASDA for the Argus office gheese77

1:22pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jody-Brighton says...

I welcome any reduction in fuel cost but would like to point out that these little price drops always seem to happen 1 week after they put the price up.

ASDA diesel was at 134.9 for quite some time and then went up to 135.9 a week or so ago. Now we have a press release on a 1.9p reduction that is actually 0.9p.
I welcome any reduction in fuel cost but would like to point out that these little price drops always seem to happen 1 week after they put the price up. ASDA diesel was at 134.9 for quite some time and then went up to 135.9 a week or so ago. Now we have a press release on a 1.9p reduction that is actually 0.9p. Jody-Brighton

1:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

BorisTheBulletDodger says...

HJarrs wrote:
Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once!
For once this A-Hole makes a good point.
I doubt ill ever agree with him ever again.
But 2p is pathetic. Fuel prices are way to high. Everything to do with driving these days burns a giant hole in my pocket.
I know the end game is to make us commoners leave the roads.
I will not be surrendering my car :)
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Free advert for Asda! 2p a litre must be about 50p a tank full. Don't spend it all at once![/p][/quote]For once this A-Hole makes a good point. I doubt ill ever agree with him ever again. But 2p is pathetic. Fuel prices are way to high. Everything to do with driving these days burns a giant hole in my pocket. I know the end game is to make us commoners leave the roads. I will not be surrendering my car :) BorisTheBulletDodger

7:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

A small break for those of us who need to use motor vehicles to provide services to the pedestrian and cycling population.
A small break for those of us who need to use motor vehicles to provide services to the pedestrian and cycling population. Sussex jim

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