An unmanned service station in Forrestfield has been named the cheapest place in Perth for drivers to fill up in 2018.

Consumer Protection WA announced the top 10 cheapest unleaded fuel sites in the metropolitan region on Wednesday, with the Forrestfield FastFuel 24/7 taking out top spot with an average price of 135.7 cents per litre for the year.

It was closely followed by a Puma and a United outlet in Neerabup, United in South Lake, and Vibe in North Perth.

The northern suburbs had a stronger showing on the list, and Consumer Protection WA commissioner David Hillyard said there were no major retailers listed in the 2018 top 10.

“But there are times when these service stations might still offer the best price in your area so it always pays to check the prices on the FuelWatch website rather being loyal to any particular brand or site,” he said.

“It’s interesting to note that the FastFuel 24/7 site at Forrestfield does not follow the weekly price cycle like most other sites, but it is still cheaper on average to fill up on Sundays and Mondays before the Tuesday price hike.

“There are currently 10 unmanned sites in Perth that have sprung up in recent years but we don’t think this will necessarily be a growing trend for the future.”

The average price for unleaded petrol in 2018 reached a three-year high at 143.7cpl, well under the 2016 average of 116.5cpl.

“2018 was the year we hit the highest-ever recorded daily average ULP price of 165.5 cents per litre on October 16, but luckily retail prices have dropped rapidly in recent months with a 38 per cent reduction in the international benchmark price,” Mr Hillyard said.

“Prices have levelled off in December and Christmas prices are expected to be much the same as this week but, due to the volatility of the market, it’s difficult to predict beyond that.”

Extracted from WA Today