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More than half of NZ drivers spend up to $249 every month on fuel - survey

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With the rise in petrol taxes for Auckland drivers - and road user charges for the rest of us - how much we shell out at the pump is again a big talking point.

The majority of drivers are spending well over $100 a month on fuel to fill up their vehicles. Canstar Blue’s survey of nearly 2200 New Zealanders shows that more than half of us (52%) spend between $100 and $249 on petrol every month.

Drivers also told us they’re prepared to go out of their way in search of a fuel bargain. More than half (53%) keep a watchful eye on fuel prices, 65% will drive up to 10km to buy cheaper gas, and 56% canny Kiwis will buy fuel based on when service stations offer significant discounts.

But it doesn’t seem fuel prices are getting us out of our cars and onto public transport. Only 10% of those surveyed told us they’re using public transport more now than 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."

This year, Canstar is delighted to announce that NPD has won its Most Satisfied Customers Award for petrol and service stations.

"It’s great we have a new winner in NPD this year, and it shows how closely fought the battle is for drivers among petrol stations. NPD was the only brand that won 5-stars for overall satisfaction, appearance and cleanliness and price of petrol," says Jose George.

"It’s also interesting to note from our survey that appearance and cleanliness was a bigger driver of satisfaction (31%) than the price of petrol (27%)!"

Accepting the award, NPD CEO Barry Sheridan says: "The NPD team was excited and honoured to hear the results of the survey, and we’d really like to thank our loyal customers for their support. We’re a family-owned business and pride ourselves on our ‘people matter’ culture, which we strive to extend to our customers.

"NPD’s goal is to support motorists with a strong retail fuel network which delivers quality fuel at competitive prices, spacious forecourts and excellent service from our team. These all create a positive and memorable experience for our customers," adds Barry Sheridan.

"I’m proud of our committed, loyal and hard-working team at NPD. Their passionate enthusiasm enables NPD to deliver excellence in all aspects of our business."

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