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Hello, 
I got oil delivered on monday, 900 litres. Checked the level and it didnt come up as far as i was expecting. Then on Friday oil company arrives again, made a mistake and was going to do the same delivery twice. I went out to the driver and told him we already got the delivery. Sure while u made the journey u may as well top it up for me. 

So on the space of a week id got 1470 litres with about 200 already in the tank. Id always thought i had a 1200 litre tank but no serial number on it to check. 

Does anyone know how i would check the oil company hasnt diddled me? I attempted measuring the tank but im insure with the legs of the tank if my capacity measurements are correct. Any advice appreciated as i dont want to accuse the oil company wrongly. 
Thanks



 

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  • Stevebob21Stevebob21 Forumite
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    I normally measure the height of the oil with a dipstick in inches but with online calculators this does not seek to add up. 
  • HasbeenHasbeen Forumite
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    Hello, 
    I got oil delivered on monday, 900 litres. Checked the level and it didnt come up as far as i was expecting. Then on Friday oil company arrives again, made a mistake and was going to do the same delivery twice. I went out to the driver and told him we already got the delivery. Sure while u made the journey u may as well top it up for me. 

    So on the space of a week id got 1470 litres with about 200 already in the tank. Id always thought i had a 1200 litre tank but no serial number on it to check. 

    Does anyone know how i would check the oil company hasnt diddled me? I attempted measuring the tank but im insure with the legs of the tank if my capacity measurements are correct. Any advice appreciated as i dont want to accuse the oil company wrongly. 
    Thanks



     
    What did the measured delivery slip say for total both deliveries?
    The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. Napoleon
  • Rodders53Rodders53 Forumite
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    Make of tank on any label?  Single skin or double skin aka bunded?  Steel or plastic?  Shape and dimensions?  Photo(s) of tank?

    The above may allow the volume to be estimated and even the brand you have from a picture?

    Or just look online for tanks that look similar to yours and check the dimensions.

    For the volume yours has taken plus what you estimated at 1/6 full (200 of 1200).  With a 1500 litres = 5/6 of the tank and 1/6 =300 litres you probably have an 1800 litre tank.

    Oil delivery firms seldom make dispensing volume errors.  The meters on the tankers are regularly calibrated and certificated, then sealed - with Council Trading Standards checking them from time to time for accuracy (as they do the fuel pumps at petrol stations).


  • greatcrestedgreatcrested Forumite
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    From your description the company is not diddling you - they are giving you extra oil for free no? Have you been charged for both deliveries? What precise volumes do the delivery slips give?
    got oil delivered on monday, 900 litres
    Do you mean you ordered 900? Or the delivery slip said 900? What had you ordered? If the slip said 900 it is most unlikely you did not receive this - as Rodders53 says Trading Standards check regularly.
    As for your tank, what shape is it? You can really only calculate the volume by measuring the levels if it is cubic (many steel tanks). Most plastic tanks are rounded so the inch of oil at the bottom totals a much smaller volume than an inch in the middle.
    I believe I once saw a way to calculate volume on odd-shaped tanks but can't remember where I'm afraid....
  • moneyspendingexpertxmoneyspendingexpertx Forumite
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    try  this website crownoilenvironmental.co.uk/tank-size-calculator/
    calculate tank size


  • Leviathan1964Leviathan1964 Forumite
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    Boilerjuice Connected and other auto-top-up schemes - anyone know if these are real way of saving money or a rip-off?

  • dunstonhdunstonh Forumite
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    Boilerjuice Connected and other auto-top-up schemes - anyone know if these are real way of saving money or a rip-off?

    They are not a rip off as they publish their prices and you are free to accept them or not.
    That said, the general opinion is to avoid auto-top-up schemes as they do not appear to offer value for money.
  • lohr500lohr500 Forumite
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    Boilerjuice Connected and other auto-top-up schemes - anyone know if these are real way of saving money or a rip-off?

    I like the convenience factor of Boilerjuice Connected, but I am not convinced you will get the best deal. When I need oil, I always find by checking a few oil suppliers locally I can save on the lowest Boilerjuice price. I also object to the fact that Boilerjuice want to charge £5.99 a month for the monitoring device they supply to work out when they need to deliver oil that they are charging for. 
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