Are you feeling hip-pocket pain fuel from the price cycles?
DENNIS: I don’t much at the moment because I’m not driving and we have the world’s smallest car.
SUSAN: I was going to say that – Paul made a joke that you drive an egg on wheels anyway, so it probably costs nothing.
DENNIS: We fill it up once every 2½ months. But I do notice it on my very irregular visits to the petrol station. When I look at the price of a litre of fuel – after hearing that on the world market, fuel has reached a new low over the past six months – it doesn’t quite compute. And it’s a constant marvel that all of these fuel companies decide at the same time to put their prices at the same level.
PAUL: I’m at the other end of the spectrum as my car consumes highoctane fuel faster than I can drink beer on a hot summer’s afternoon. The wrong time of the cycle really is quite noticeable for me – and now they’re whacking it up around 30¢ a litre. I don’t know what you can do about it. I’m just lucky I live near a train station and don’t have to drive to work each day.
SUSAN: I’m in the same boat as I’m in the Valley precinct so I can walk and I don’t use my car a lot. But I’m always surprised when I go to fill up again how expensive it is – it’s amazingly expensive.
PAUL: It’s not all the fuel companies’ fault either. The only thing that is a constant with fuel prices is the ever-increasing excise.