A tank of petrol is now over £100 - where's the cheapest and most expensive?

26 March 2013

British drivers have long complained about the high price of fuelling their cars... and with good reason. It costs more than £100 to fill up their tanks, thanks to the prices shooting up by 5.5% in two months.

Unleaded cars are being hit the hardest, with the price increasing by an eye-watering 7.3% a litre, according to analysis by Santander.

So who is being ripped off the most? Well, if you're unlucky enough to live in Paisley, Durham or Hereford, you're paying 9% more for unleaded fuel than anywhere else.

In Dumfries, petrol prices are at an average 145.9 a litre, which equates to £100 per average tank. Same goes for Durham, which is bleak news indeed. However, if you live in Torquay, it'll cost you an average £95.13 for a 70-litre tank. Still expensive, but not as bad as the aforementioned places.

"With the cost of fuel expected to reach its highest level in the coming weeks, families and car commuters are likely to be the hardest hit once again," said Alan Mathewson, from Santander. "Aside from mortgage costs, households in the UK already spend more on transport than any other living cost, so further hikes may well push many family budgets over the edge. There are a number of small changes people can make to reduce these costs, such as car-pooling with colleagues, driving more economically or using public transport."

As well as Dumfries and Durham, other rip-off towns include Hereford, Crewe and Oxford. The five least expensive places (so if you live nearby, you might to get on it) to buy fuel are Torquay, Kirkcaldy, Plymouth, Bradford and Wigan.


  • Dave M.
    Sunderland Sainsburys North and Morrisons Seaburn, both 129.9p for Unleaded
  • Noghar
    The obvious solution is to pour gravel into your tank so it doesn't hold so much petrol. Then it will cost less to refill. Simples!
  • Noghar
    BTW Bitterwallet, you mentioned 'families' being the hardest hit. Official guidance indicates the approved term is 'hard-working families'. The implication being that people without kids, regardless of how hard they work, are unworthy vermin who ought to pay 50% more than virtuous hardworkingfamily types.
  • lolwut
    Indeed Noghar is right. 'Families' also includes those people with kids (sometimes knowing the father) who can't be bothered to work and get everything paid for.
  • Inspector G.
    The constant price rises don't effect me as I only ever put £40 in at a time.
  • Richard
    No doubt if petrol cost the same across the country you'd be complaining about a lack of price competition…
  • Mike O.
    Can only be a matter of weeks til it goes through the £1.50 barrier for diesel, then the gallop towards £2 a litre will start in earnest. I love it here. I might have to invest in shares from british gas to make ends meet soon. And it's "affect" you
  • Chewbacca
    If you're unlucky enough to live in Paisley, you have bigger problems. Your High Street is a dive, there are no decent pubs or restaurants, and pretty much everyone is a benefits scrounger. Paisley is a fucking dump, and they'd be better off nuking the godforsaken place.
  • _stu_
    So Mr Alan Mathewson, I take it you haven't tried to use public transport lately then?
  • Jmac
    Thats nothing up in the north-west the petrol prices are on average 152.2 a litre, but then again as far as being part of the UK we dont even come under the majority...

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