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Inverness motorists urged to shop around as fuel prices on forecourts fall

By Alan Shields

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Motoring experts suggest shopping around for the best price at the pump.
Motoring experts suggest shopping around for the best price at the pump.

Motorists should be able to fill up their cars for less as fuel prices across Inverness continue to fall.

And some forecourts are offering a bargain compared to others with drivers urged to shop around for the best price.

Prices broke the 200p mark for a litre of diesel in the Highland capital at the end of June.

Fuel prices started rising noticeably following Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

The war between the two sparked fears of an energy crisis.

It also comes as the cost of living continues to squeeze finances for many people.

Some of the cheapest fuel can be found at the Bridgend Jet station in Beauly.

According to fuel price comparison site petrolprices.com unleaded is currently sitting around 168.9p a litre of unleaded with diesel at 185.9p at the Station Road outlet.

In Inverness the cheapest options are Asda on Ivanhoe Avenue – 170.7p for unleaded – and the city's Tesco supermarkets – with unleaded set at 170.9p.

Some petrol stations are still more expensive, such as the Shell garage in the Culcabock area of the city at 187.9p for unleaded.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The best advice for filling up is no longer to assume the supermarkets are the cheapest, but to shop around as it’s highly likely you’ll find an independent retailer which is doing the right thing and fairly reflecting their lower wholesale costs by charging a lower price.

"This is really encouraging because the independents buy new stock less frequently than the supermarkets as they don’t sell as much, and consequently aren’t as well positioned as their rivals to be able to snap up fuel at lower prices when there are sudden market drops.”

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