Bringing back Sydney prices: app helps motorists tap into cheap fuel

LOCK IT IN EDDIE: Convenience retailer 7-Eleven allows motorists to save the cheapest and nearest price to them, allowing them to take Sydney’s fuel prices home to Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.
LOCK IT IN EDDIE: Convenience retailer 7-Eleven allows motorists to save the cheapest and nearest price to them, allowing them to take Sydney’s fuel prices home to Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.

After years of enviously looking at fuel prices in Sydney and Melbourne, drivers in Orange can finally take home the better prices.

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven’s application allows drivers to save the price that’s closest to them and take it to another store.

The app, released nearly 12 months ago, is an Australian first that allows drivers to search their five nearest 7-Eleven Fuel Stores to find the lowest price on fuel. 

“It depends on where you are, it selects the five nearest stores,” 7-Eleven’s corporate affairs general manager Clayton Ford said.

“Once you’ve locked in a price, for seven days it can be redeemed in any store,” he said.

Users then register for a 7-Eleven digital wallet and select the type and volume of fuel they would like to purchase. 

Motorists can then fill up at any 7-Eleven fuel outlet and complete the transaction by scanning the barcode on the app at the register. 

If the price at the store is lower than the price a customer has locked in, that price is what they will pay in-store.

The NRMA has long been urging motorists, particularly those in regional areas like Orange, to do their research before filling up to ensure they are getting the best deal. 

Spokesman Peter Khoury said motorists need to be using the tools available to help them save, including the NRMA’s own online resources. 

“We would encourage them to use the NRMA fuel app and the government website so they can see the prices for every town and make the best choice,” he said.

“In saying that, every tool helps; you just want to make sure you are getting the best price, not just for one brand, but the best in town.”

The 7-Eleven and NRMA fuel apps and the state government’s Fuel Check website are available through app stores on mobile devices. 

These apps show real-time prices, which can be customised using location settings.