Over 50 per cent of Kiwis spend $250 per month on fuel

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jul 2019

A new Canstar Blue survey has found that the majority of New Zealand drivers spend anywhere between $100 and $250 per month on fuel.

More than half of those queried said they are willing to go out of their way for a bargain, with 65 per cent willing to drive up to 10km for cheaper gas. Around 56 per cent will fill up when service stations offer discounts.

Interestingly, increasing pump prices aren’t funnelling people into public transport. Just 10 per cent said they’re using public transport more now than they were 12 months ago

Canstar Blue General Manager Jose George says: “Fuel costs often make up a large slice of the household budget, so it’s no surprise many of us keep a close eye on petrol prices or drive a bit further to buy cheaper fuel. The regional fuel tax for Aucklanders and rising road user charges mean higher petrol prices are here to stay.

“It will also be interesting to see whether the price rises will lead to more customers leaving their cars at home and using public transport over the next year.”

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