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Supermarket fuel..

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JustBeenNosey · 01/06/2019 16:51

So.. I was speaking to my stepdad the other day about fuel and said that a few people I know always say that they won't get petrol at supermarkets such as tesco/Morrison's etc and will only go to shell/wasp because it's better quality fuel..

My stepdad is quite a knowledgeable man and said that it's all bullshit and legally, the fuel has to be of the same standard wherever you buy it from and it is cheaper at supermarkets because they buy it in bulk.

Just wondering if anyone actually knows whether it's true or not.. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Devonishome1 · 01/06/2019 17:22

I fill up at Costco, for some reason their petrol seems to last longer. I wondered if it was because it’s better quality.

GiantKitten · 01/06/2019 17:23

We generally get it from ASDA & Morrison’s, but DH will go anywhere if his suddenly looks low, & we’ve never noticed any difference or problems.

LemonRedwood · 01/06/2019 17:25

There was a to-do about this a few years ago when Tesco apparently had a poor load delivered. Some friends of mine refuse to fill up at Tesco because of this. But Tesco fuel is the same fuel that esso sells so it doesn't bother me. I usually fill up at Tesco or my local esso, occasionally shell. I've never noticed any difference in performance or mpg.

Nquartz · 01/06/2019 17:28

We just go wherever is cheaper/most convenient, I can't bring myself to pay more for a brand

Nquartz · 01/06/2019 17:28

And never notice a difference.

GiantKitten · 01/06/2019 17:29

This might help.
Or not.
The article is very much on the one hand/on the other hand & then there are a lot of comments.

The amount of bio-ethanol might be an issue.
Or not Grin

Soola · 01/06/2019 17:36

I live in between a small Tesco that is attached to an Esso garage and a very large Tesco with its own Tesco petrol station.

At one time I was doing the same mileage every week and if I filled up the same amount from the esso garage it didn’t last as long.

I went in and spoke to them and they said I had to contact the council as it was to do with them! Confused

On my way to my car the man that had been behind me caught up and said he had suspected the same thing and now he had heard me say it he wasn’t going to buy fuel from the esso garage again.

I never took it up with the council and never used the esso one again.

ineedaknittedhat · 01/06/2019 17:43

I can't get my little car to shift on Tesco petrol. It also does that slight juddering thing ? pinking I think it's called.

Asdf12345 · 01/06/2019 17:50

With petrol Octane can differ slightly which will cause issues such as pinking if your timing advance curve isn’t suited to that fuel or you don’t have a knock sensor based system.

For most people running most cars it won’t make any meaningful difference. We fill up wherever it is cheapest and occasionally mix rape oil in the diesel when it is going cheap (don’t do this unless you know what you are doing).

blushmelikeyou · 01/06/2019 17:54

My dad told me the same thing so every so often I will fill up at a shell garage.

Leah2005 · 01/06/2019 18:00

I work for a Fire Service and one of our driving instructors told me that they achieve markedly lower mileage when using supermarket fuel. I'm sure it must apply to cars too!

rslsys · 01/06/2019 20:36

Most fuel comes from the same source but has different additive packages added to the tanker before delivery, depending on where it is destined for.
Esso, Shell & BP have more detergent added than supermarket fuels and therefore leave your engine cleaner.

Compared with the cost of buying a car and it's depreciation, a few pence extra for quality fuel is insignificant!

Meckity1 · 01/06/2019 20:54

My driving instructor told me to always get my petrol from the same source. I've been going to Tesco for the clubcard points

Is that redux stuff any good?

safariboot · 01/06/2019 21:02

I get the high-octane fuel (Momentum) from Tesco. My car wants it (says so on the inside of the fuel cap) and it's much cheaper there than the equivalent elsewhere. I'll put standard fuel in if I have to, seems to run ok, but I don't make a habit of it.

I think it's mainly sporty but non-turbocharged engines that want high octane.

JustBeenNosey · 02/06/2019 11:08

Thanks guys!!

When it's payday, I'll treat myself and go to shell and get the super unleaded stuff but when it's that time of the month where I'm scrimping and scraping I'll still go to shell but get the normal unleaded..

I used tesco fuel last weekend and drove an hour there and an hour back to an alpaca walk with my mum and my fuel seemed to go down quite quick..

Who knows.. I'll give that article a read though 👍🏼👍🏼

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ssd · 02/06/2019 11:14

Interesting article thanks

goingtotown · 02/06/2019 12:03

I wouldn’t buy Tesco petrol after customers had problems with their fuel. I’ve been using Sainsbury’s unleaded for 25years, & never had a problem with their fuel. My yearly mileage is 18,000.

starzig · 02/06/2019 12:18

I have compared.
I thought esso was giving me more miles, then I decided Tesco was giving me more miles.
Decided finally there is no difference. Any changes I though I saw were probably my speed, traffic etc... No 2 journeys are the same even on a regular commute.

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