Most motorists must have had terrible encounters with some filling stations. Such encounters range from being ripped off by petrol attendants while filling up your tank, or you get to incur some unplanned expenses in repairs as a result of poor quality fuel in some of those filing stations.
HOW DO YOU IDENTITY A FILLING STATION WITH A POTENTIAL THREAT TO YOUR “POCKET”?
Here are some points I have gathered from my experience.
Feel free to add your experience in the comment section. *Please, it should be limited to FUEL QUALITY, and not price hikes.
1. Low patronage.
These days, you’ve got filling stations springing up daily to service a particular neighborhood.
Because of the stiff competitions here and there right now, some filling stations aren’t able to compete.
WHEN YOU DON’T SEE LOTS OF MOTORISTS COMING THERE TO BUY FUEL, THAT’S A FLASH POINT FOR YOU.
That’s to tell you, it’s either the quality of fuel being sold isn’t up to standard (may have been adulterated and/or contaminated, causing engine wahala).
People would patronise filling stations, especially when they know they’d derive maximum benefits (for their car, and perhaps, their pockets too).
2. Complaints from motorists.
A direct source of such complaints would come from commercial drivers more often.
You could incidentally here an angry commercial driver, whose bitter about the economic loss his suffering as a result of breakdown of his car from buying bad fuel. When you get wind of such info, ask questions. Such as, where was the fuel purchased, and what was the name of the station.
3. Beware of filling stations acting as a franchise.
Some of these filling stations do not adhere to the strict standards of their umbrella company as well as that of regulatory bodies. What they seem to be interested in is to make maximum profit at the expense of motorists.
With the proliferation of filling stations here and there, it has become imperative to ensure that you patronise stations where you’d have better service delivery, and not where, because of time constraints, decide to buy poor quality fuel, that in the long run would create a deep hole in your pocket(s).
Being vigilante and observant is the key.
Written by: Igono Joseph, Automotive Consultant (A hard working, and proactive person, with over ten years hands-on- experience in the automobile repair and maintenance industry, specializing in Japanese and American made vehicles as an automobile engineer, performing emission test and abatement of internal combustion engine applications, and also as a workshop supervisor. Have successfully led teams in the execution of assigned projects/jobs, without being supervised. An environmental engineer, with interest in environmental sustainability, Climate change, able to ; acquired skills in financial management, marketing strategies, etc; applies scientific and engineering principles to problem solving; interacts easily with different race of people, knowledgeable in the design of greenhouse gas emissions(G.H.G) inventory for corporations and individuals, and performs pre-and-post purchase inspections of vehicles for individuals and corporations.)