MSE News: Asda to cut petrol prices again on New Year's Day

"Petrol prices at Asda will be cut by 2p/litre from New Year's Day, so hold off until then if possible ..."
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  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    and adds that since September this year it has slashed prices 13 times, taking 19p/litre off unleaded and 15p/litre off diesel.
    The differential expands again punishing diesel drivers all the way down the line :mad:
    They use less fuel than petrol cars so lets punish them for it.
    This difference has nothing to do with emmissions, that is controled by the difference in the tax paid, this is simply money grabbing by the retailers.
  • antrobus
    antrobus Posts: 17,386 Forumite
    torbrex wrote: »
    The differential expands again punishing diesel drivers all the way down the line :mad:
    They use less fuel than petrol cars so lets punish them for it.
    This difference has nothing to do with emmissions, that is controled by the difference in the tax paid, this is simply money grabbing by the retailers.

    What "difference in the tax paid"?

    FED is 58p per litre for both petrol and diesel. There is no difference.
  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    antrobus wrote: »
    What "difference in the tax paid"?

    FED is 58p per litre for both petrol and diesel. There is no difference.

    Appologies, I was led to believe that the tax on heavy oil was higher than that of petrol :o

    That makes the differential even worse then, it means the retailers are deciding that diesel users are to be punished for their choice of fuel.
  • jimjames
    jimjames Posts: 17,580 Forumite
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    torbrex wrote: »
    Appologies, I was led to believe that the tax on heavy oil was higher than that of petrol :o

    That makes the differential even worse then, it means the retailers are deciding that diesel users are to be punished for their choice of fuel.

    Or the refining process makes less diesel per litre of oil than it does petrol? Or the demand for diesel is higher than petrol so the price rises.

    Either way it is nothing to do with retailers deciding to punish diesel drivers and you're still wrong.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    jimjames wrote: »
    Or the refining process makes less diesel per litre of oil than it does petrol? Or the demand for diesel is higher than petrol so the price rises.

    Either way it is nothing to do with retailers deciding to punish diesel drivers and you're still wrong.

    Well if you say so then it must be true.
  • Pincher
    Pincher Posts: 6,552 Forumite
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    The better fuel economy of diesels only really cuts in if you do something like 20,000+ miles, due to the fuel price differential.


    I had a diesel for three years, and it was very satisfying to drive, with plenty of low down torque, but I have gone back to petrol for two years now. Due to the particulate pollution, the congestion charge will be going up. For short runs, the particulate filter does not heat up enough to burn off the carbon, so I have to deliberately go on the motorway for a blast to clear the filter.


    So, if you are a low milage driver, you should be driving a petrol car, not moaning about the price of diesel. If you are driving 30,000 miles a year, you are saving money with a diesel, any way.
  • Pincher wrote: »
    If you are driving 30,000 miles a year, you are saving money with a diesel, any way.

    Unless you're driving 30,000 miles a year in a Phaeton V10TDI, or a 4.0TDI A8 or something. In which case, you could buy a petrol car and run it for less.


    There's no generalisation available here, the choice of diesel vs. petrol will always be down to a number of factors, of which mileage is only one.


    I had a diesel car a couple of years ago which only did 2500 miles in a year. The world didn't end, because I knew that particular vehicle would happily cope with that kind of low mileage.
  • im-lost
    im-lost Posts: 1,927 Forumite
    can you merge the thread with the following one to save clogging up the boards....

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5132538

    Oooops, I forgot, one rule for the forum team, a different one for us mere mortals
  • Pincher
    Pincher Posts: 6,552 Forumite
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    Unless you're driving 30,000 miles a year in a Phaeton V10TDI, or a 4.0TDI A8 or something. In which case, you could buy a petrol car and run it for less.


    Surely you should compare a diesel Phaeton against a petrol Phaeton?
    There's no generalisation available here, the choice of diesel vs. petrol will always be down to a number of factors, of which mileage is only one.



    If you can't save money, why on earth would anyone buy a diesel? The diesel version is universally more expensive than the petrol version. Actually, I must say I really liked the Peugeot 406 1.9 turbo diesel, which was a minicab driver's tool of choice. I bought it second hand, so the diesel premium was not too significant. I certainly wouldn't pay £1,000 extra for a new diesel car.
  • Pincher
    Pincher Posts: 6,552 Forumite
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    Petrol 107.9p from Sainsburys Watford, on Friday 2nd January.
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