Would you drive to Nambour for fuel at $1.29 a litre?
A PETROL price war in Nambour has had motorists from across the Sunshine Coast counting their extra pennies.
When most Coast service stations raised their unleaded petrol prices in line with the routine price spike over the past two weeks, Nambour stations seemed immune, continuing to offer petrol for 129.9 cents per litre.
Petrol at the Caltex/Woolworths and BP Connect Palms on Currie St and the 7 Eleven, Matilda and Coles Express on Nambour Connection Rd have fixed their low price for almost a fortnight.
The average fuel price across the Coast yesterday was 150cpl.
According to fuel price monitoring website Motormouth, the highest price for unleaded yesterday was 156.9cpl at a Caloundra outlet.
Mudjimba mother of two Melissa Siller does not normally travel to Nambour, but when she heard about the cheap price, she did.
The "little detour" saved her $12 on a tank of petrol compared with what her husband had paid to fill up earlier in the week.
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RACQ executive manager of public policy Michael Roth said Nambour had been on the motoring watchdog's
radar in the past two years for its "outbursts" of competition.
"When (petrol) prices recently went to a new peak of up to 159cpl across south-east Queensland, the Nambour area didn't follow - they stayed very low and continued to compete fiercely with each other," Mr Roth said.
"Now prices are starting to come back down in other areas, but this has certainly been great for motorists who have been able to save as much as 20 cents a litre on one occasion," he said.
Mr Roth said he was unable to determine what had driven the latest competition push.
"We haven't seen any big changes in the market from Nambour," he said.
"But clearly there are a number of service stations that are quite close to each other, so to sell more petrol they need to keep the price low.
"When you get this type of competition, you get the best outcome for motorists and unfortunately that doesn't happen everywhere."
Other Coast motorists had been paying more than their Nambour counterparts during the latest fuel price cycle, but Mr Roth said the region continued to be one of the cheapest places to buy fuel in the state.