How to Buy the Cheapest Diesel Fuel

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In the United States, the average price of diesel fuel nearly tripled between May 2002 and March 2008. Because of these rising costs, people driving vehicles with diesel engines will want to save every cent they can. With the right knowledge, you'll be on your way to buying the cheapest diesel fuel out there.

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  • Computer
  • Calculator
  • Pay attention to gas station prices, even when you don't need to fill up your own tank. You should begin to notice which gas stations regularly have the cheapest option.

  • Survey the area you're in before filling up your tank. Gas stations are often concentrated in small areas, such as a truck stop, with their prices listed on large signs. Follow the cheapest prices, and don't let a more expensive gas station reel you in with marketing gimmicks.

  • Visit the GasBuddy.com to find the cheapest diesel prices before you even leave your house. All you need to do is provide the location where you'll be needing diesel fuel and then click on the "Diesel Fuel" tab. The website will provide you with a list of gas stations, starting with the one that sells the cheapest diesel fuel.

  • Download the Gas Prices Widget from www.automotive.com, listed as a Resource below. This will give you the option of seeing real-time gas prices continuously updated on your desktop.

  • Figure out how much it costs you to drive one mile by dividing the cost of gas into your vehicle's fuel expectations. For example, if your vehicle gets 20 miles for every one gallon of diesel fuel, and that fuel costs $2 a gallon, you're a paying 10 cents a mile. Use this calculation to decide if it's worth it to travel extra distance for cheaper diesel fuel.

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