Kickbacks and discounts on fuel

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  1. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

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    Do the big companies get kickbacks or special discounts at certain truck stop chains for fueling there?. I ask this as swift mostly does ta/petro and loves. They occasionally have you fuel at pilot/flying j but not as much as the other 2. Does swift or any big company get anything for filling up at certain brands?.
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Yes. Obviously it’s about price.
     
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  4. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Almost no one pays pump price and the price you see on your recite is not what they paid.
     
  5. James j

    James j Bobtail Member

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    I am not a driver yet, but the way I understand it is the megas buy units of fuel ahead of time from the truckstop ,and then pay the truckstop a fee to dispense it.I might be over simplifying it,or I could be totally wrong
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Best advice is fuel where the company tells you and don’t worry about the price.
     
  7. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

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    Nothing wrong with trying to understand how things work ...
     
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  8. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    They get good discounts. They also need to purchase alot of fuel, and purchase higher priced fuel at certian locations as part of the contract.

    They do need to purchase "rip-off" fuel at select places to get better dicounts overall. There is a catch to it, but they are big enough to deal with it and come out ahead for both sides.
     
  9. TTNJ

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    I have a friend who is O/O with only one truck and he told me his fuel card at pilot is $0.12 per gallon off listed price. I forget what the shop discount was for repairs but want to say either 10 or 20%
     
  10. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

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    I don’t worry about price I’m not paying for it.
     
  11. TTNJ

    TTNJ Medium Load Member

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    You absolutely are paying for it, just not at the point of sale.
    Keep that mentality and your company you drive for will be out of business. Worse yet a post will pop up in the worst trucking company section that you initiate accusing the company of being mis-managed.
     
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