Petrol price a puzzle

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CALL me simple if you like, but how can the price of petrol/diesel be displayed/ charged in a non-existent currency – for example £1.31.9?

I always thought the lowest denomination coin since decimalisation was 1p? How do the petrol companies get away with this?

Barbara Hudson, Eastfield Crescent, York.

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9:16am Thu 6 Dec 12

Thisisnotasmile says...

Per litre. You don't often buy just one litre of petrol.
Per litre. You don't often buy just one litre of petrol. Thisisnotasmile
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1:02pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Thisisnotasmile wrote:
Per litre. You don't often buy just one litre of petrol.
You can't buy just one litre. Garages usually have a minimum fill.
[quote][p][bold]Thisisnotasmile[/bold] wrote: Per litre. You don't often buy just one litre of petrol.[/p][/quote]You can't buy just one litre. Garages usually have a minimum fill. Buzz Light-year
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2:24pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bolero says...

Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre.
Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre. bolero
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4:30pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Ichabod76 says...

bolero wrote:
Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre.
So you buy 15 litres at £1.31.9 for £19.78.5
do they round it up or down ?
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre.[/p][/quote]So you buy 15 litres at £1.31.9 for £19.78.5 do they round it up or down ? Ichabod76
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4:45pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bolero says...

Ichabod76 wrote:
bolero wrote:
Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre.
So you buy 15 litres at £1.31.9 for £19.78.5
do they round it up or down ?
Er! I usually find it's rounded up.I don't know about you.
[quote][p][bold]Ichabod76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but I will have to call you simple. 10litres x .1p = 1 whole pence; Oh forget it. Can't remember buying just one litre.[/p][/quote]So you buy 15 litres at £1.31.9 for £19.78.5 do they round it up or down ?[/p][/quote]Er! I usually find it's rounded up.I don't know about you. bolero
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5:59pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Don't people buy fuel by the £ ?
As in just putting a tenner's worth in.
So then it's the quantity in litres that has to be split to thousandths, which is no biggie what with grammes and all.

Where has the author seen these prices?
Don't people buy fuel by the £ ? As in just putting a tenner's worth in. So then it's the quantity in litres that has to be split to thousandths, which is no biggie what with grammes and all. Where has the author seen these prices? Buzz Light-year
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2:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ichabod76 says...

The point I was trying to make (badly) was as Buzz says people buy fuel by the £, when i fill up I always end on a whole pound not a whole litre

that said the real scam is selling fuel by volume when it should be sold by weight as it expands and contracts with temperature
The point I was trying to make (badly) was as Buzz says people buy fuel by the £, when i fill up I always end on a whole pound not a whole litre that said the real scam is selling fuel by volume when it should be sold by weight as it expands and contracts with temperature Ichabod76
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11:15am Wed 12 Dec 12

Tim Cronin says...

I'm a driver, but the rising cost of fuel prices doesn't bother me as I always put £10 worth in my tank.
I'm a driver, but the rising cost of fuel prices doesn't bother me as I always put £10 worth in my tank. Tim Cronin
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