Steve Clarke: save and prosper.

Golden rules for merchants keen to cut fuel costs

Published:  01 October, 2009

BURNLEY: Builders' merchants have been shown how to find the best way to cut fuel costs, with six golden rules produced by The Fuelcard People.

Steve Clarke, general manager, said: "Not all fuel cards are the same. It makes a difference which one they choose and, with some suppliers offering similar cards, picking the right provider can be vital."

His rules to remember when choosing a fuel card supplier are to expect:

Savings of 2p to 3p/litre on national average pump prices. Avoid any fuel card which does not offer discounts.

A choice of five or more cards. Avoid those suppliers, offering just one or two cards, who cannot give impartial advice on the best card to meet your specific needs.

A dedicated, named account handler who always takes your call. Avoid any supplier who wants you to queue for a random call centre operator who knows nothing about your business.

Regular reports, with customised alarms for fast notification of abnormal card use. Avoid any supplier who does not offer 24/7 online access to your account details.

Every individual card to be tied to a specific driver or vehicle, making it useless to anyone else if lost or stolen. Avoid any supplier whose cards are worth stealing.

Access to a large, nationwide branded network, such as BP, Esso, Shell or Texaco. Avoid any supplier who says that being able to refuel at any garage is more important than discounts.

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