Diesel hunting – it’s on!
I must admit, I was never one to rush to a filling station the day before a fuel price increase to fill the tank to the brim, just to save a few rand.
I tried once. There was a queue of frustrated motorists waiting in a line. Two of them started bickering with each other because one supposedly pushed in. They squared off, like two Bangkok hookers fighting over a tourist brandishing a thick wad of US dollars. There was plenty of circling, waving arms, shouting about each other’s mothers.
I’m still not sure if they actually knew each other’s mothers.
Thankfully, it never came to blows. Or a knife- or gunfight. I eventually managed to fill my vehicle’s tank and saved about R35, just as the impatient old lady waiting in line behind me started hooting and hurling profanities, indicating to me to get out of the way.
In the spur of the moment, I almost said something about her mother, but I wasn’t sure her mother would still be around. And I didn’t want to upset the dear old thing.
So I thought better of it and gave her a friendly wave with my one finger. And I also decided that R35 may be R35 but it wasn’t quite worth all the disunion.
With the fuel price hitting record levels, I’ve started indulging in diesel hunting. Because the diesel price is only a suggested retail listing (and not regulated as is the case with petrol), there are huge price differences between some filling stations. I’ve started to take more notice of actual diesel prices and you’d be amazed at the differences.
At one filling station I paid R16.10 per litre. At another, R17.30. That’s a variance of R1.20 per litre. So if I had to fill up an 80-litre double cab bakkie diesel tank, I’d save R96! That’s at least a six-pack of beer. Or half a movie ticket!
Some stations run ‘weekend specials’ where they drop the price of diesel even lower.
So keep your eyes peeled, and take note of those diesel prices. You can easily save a few bob just by shopping around.