Australian commuters have long moaned about the drastic difference in petrol prices from station to station, with many having a particular place they believe is cheapest. 

And new research has confirmed drivers are being ripped off, with some stations charging nearly 40 cents a litre more than others, despite both being in the same suburb. 

The difference is felt most deeply at one chain of petrol stations in particular, with Coles Express stations consistently selling the most expensive fuel, Nine News reported.     

Auburn, a suburb in Sydney’s west, has the greatest variation in prices with 36.2 cents a litre difference between independent and BP stores

Coles Express is the most expensive fuel store compared to the major brands, according to Peter Khoury from the NRMA

Drivers who fill up in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, are more likely to be out of pocket more than anywhere else in the city with a staggering 36.2 cents a litre difference between independent and BP stores.ADVERTISING

Those who fill up in Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west are also feeling the pinch with 34.2 cents a litre between the independent, Caltex and 7Eleven stores. 

Campbelltown isn’t far behind with 32.2 centres a litre between Caltex and independent fuel stores.

Drivers who fill up in Manly are the least affected with only a difference of only eight cents a litre between 7Eleven and Metro fuel. 

Overall, motorists are warned to avoid Coles Express petrol stations, who are notorious for being the most expensive in comparison to other major fuel outlets, Peter Khoury from the NRMA told 9News.    

Motorists who want to grab more bang for their buck should fill up in the south-west and western suburbs, which are the cheapest service stations in Sydney at any point in time.  

Independent owners have warned drivers they will have to resort to paying a significantly dearer price for petrol if they aren’t supported

Independent owners have warned drivers they will have to resort to paying a significantly dearer price for petrol if they aren’t supported.

Coles Express revealed a brand new partnership with major petrol supplier Viva Energy in early February that promised to finally bring down their fuel prices. 

Coles previously purchased fuel from the provider and sold it at Viva-owned sites, but from now on the supermarket will sell on behalf of Viva and collect commission.

The overhauled agreement reduces persistently high fuel prices by cutting out the middle man and selling direct to customers. 

Extracted from Daily Telegraph