MEDIA RELEASE 02 October 2008
Australia's biggest online car buying service says that the rising cost of
diesel fuel needs to be investigated
Privatefleet.com.au, Australia's biggest online car buying service says that the
price of diesel fuel should be reviewed by the Petrol Commissioner.
According to Privatefleet.com.au Marketing Director Tim Marsh, the sales of
diesel powered cars were steadily increasing until May this year when the price
of diesel began to accelerate away from petrol. Since May there has been a
decline in the sale of diesel powered cars.
"We believe that the price of diesel in Australia should be closer to or less
than petrol especially because diesel requires less refining and in most
countries is cheaper than petrol," said Marsh.
"Our sales figures clearly show that as the petrol price began to increase about
12 months ago the sale of diesel powered vehicles started to increase (due to
better fuel economy). Then in May when the price of diesel started to power away
from petrol (it has been up to 30 cents per litre more) those sales started to
decline and we saw a marked switch back to petrol powered cars.
"We call on the Petrol Commissioner to undertake a review of the price of diesel
fuel. We can't see any plausible reason for the price differential, never mind
an increasing price discrepancy and it's hurting not just vehicle sales but
adding to transportation costs around the country," he added.
"There are many more diesel cars now available in Australia including a number
of four cylinder European models and those buyers bought them because of their
fuel efficiency and because in some cases the emissions per kilometre travelled
are lower and therefore less damaging to the environment than petrol vehicles.
We're sure that a lot of diesel owners are now wishing they had have stuck with
petrol," said Marsh.
Private Fleet is an Australian owned and operated national online car buying
service. Private Fleet customers are individuals and small businesses who ask
Private Fleet to provide independent advice on their vehicle selection,
competitive pricing and a high standard of service. Private Fleet then invites
multiple dealers from all over Australia to bid for the business.
Private Fleet is affiliated with over 600 dealers across Australia and buys more
cars than any other buying service in Australia. This gives Private Fleet
significant buying power and saves customers money on new car purchases. On
average, Private Fleet can save the customer up to 15 per cent off the dealer
Private Fleet can be contacted on 1300 303 181 or by visiting
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