Fuel Price Question

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Last Time Around, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. Last Time Around

    Last Time Around Medium Load Member

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    A general question about Truck Stop Fuel Prices.

    I'm a Company Driver, so I fuel where my company states... I can choose Love's, TA, Petro and Pilot.
    Doesn't matter...fuel when I need fuel. Just stop at one of those places.

    Question...while driving North on I75 thru Ohio headed home, Not for the first time... but I notice that
    Smaller Fuel Stops, "mom and Pops" "independents"...etc along the way.... advertise this morning,
    btw 2.81 and 2.89 a gallon and the "big 4" along the way are showing 3.09.

    I know my company gets a "discount"....But why the discrepancy?

    Simply curious to know.... Thx
     
  2. Eddiec

    Eddiec Heavy Load Member

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    If I had to guess...more overhead than a Mom & Pop
     
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  3. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Because the mom and pop places are not hiking the pump price to cover the discounts that the TS give to the largest customers.
     
  4. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    I have a simple theory. They charge more because they can get it. If big fleets quit paying big bucks they would have to lower prices. Everyone likes making more money.
     
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  5. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    the mega truck stops have a "captive" audience , drivers a told where to fuel and they can charge more.

    as a company driver with just a co. credit card ,I always stayed away from the crowded stops.

    in and out faster.
     
  6. flood

    flood Road Train Member

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    the big fleets are not paying as you call it big bucks... mom and pop dont offer .40-.80 gl discounts. So who is cheaper.. mom and pop @ $2.81 or the big 4 with discount @ $2.60-$2.40...?
     
  7. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    Sounds too much like JC Penney's
     
  8. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    That posted price of $3.09 is what the average driver/motorist pays.
     
  9. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    That's right. It's the average guys who get to pay for the megas discount. Precisely why I only go there if no other option. Even then a wrecker may be cheaper.
     
  10. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Medium Load Member

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    As a fuel hauler the price changes throughout. The day. A place like loves is getting deliveries 24/7 where a mom and pop place can order when the price is down due to less traffic
     
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