Jens korn passes seven gas stations every day on his way to work. Seven gas stations he always keeps an eye on. And he has every reason to do so. It's 45 kilometers from wallenfels, where he lives, to coburg, where he works as a press spokesman for brose. Simply. It all adds up. Not only the time he spends in the car every day – one and a half hours there and back.
But mainly diesel. "I always automatically look at the prices and try to fill up as cheaply as possible", explains the 40-year-old.
Korn never empties the tank to the last drop. He wanted to avoid that as much as possible. "Otherwise you are forced to fill up", he says. Rather, he fills up as soon as he discovers a bargain price at one of the gas stations. "If it's cheap somewhere, I fill up right away."
Late afternoons and evenings are cheapest
Past ebersdorf, johannisthal, kronach and unterrodach – he has been driving this route for two and a half years now. And in the meantime, he believes he has observed that "late afternoons and evenings are the cheapest"."
But he is not interested in the regional differences. He finds the differences between the neighboring gas stations much more exciting: "sometimes there is a difference of ten cents between kronach and marktrodach. That's quite a price jump", finds korn.
When he asked a gas station attendant about this, she explained the disparity to the different times gas stations change their prices. Often there were only a few minutes between them. So and so: "the price jumps are getting much higher", says korn.
150 euros a month
He needs 150 euros a month to fill up his tank. Just like kalle schorn. He also goes to coburg every day for work. From pressig. Meanwhile already for ten years. To get a bit of variety, he takes different routes there and back: in the morning via heinersdorf, sonneberg, neustadt and rodental. In the evening over sonnefeld, mitwitz and stockheim. So and so is about 40 kilometers.
Simple again. There is not a single gas station on the way. He passes five gas stations on his way home from work. Although he always keeps an eye on the prices, he doesn't really follow them: "I fill up when I have to fill up." Extra detours, blob to get cheap gas, were out of the question for him. For him, the gas station has to be on the way. "I didn't go back either, just because it was a few cents cheaper in the town before", says the system administrator at suc.
But he is also aware that prices are rising steadily. "In the past it was smaller jumps. In the meantime, it's really a matter of luck when you fill up", finds schorn. Because he commutes so much, he bought a diesel car – just like jens korn. To save money in the long run.
But he is beginning to doubt whether this will really pay off for long. "The difference to gasoline is getting smaller and smaller", schorn argues.
Six to seven changes a day
Josef reier observes the price jumps every day at his gas station. Six to seven times a day he has to change the prices on his display board.
Filling up in the evening
He advises motorists to refuel best in the evening between 18 and 19 o'clock. Then the price is usually at its lowest point. "It wasn't long ago that the price difference between morning and evening was 13 cents. Ten cents is now quite normal, he argues. And yet schorn and korn must also soon return to one of the taps they drive past every day. In the hope of catching the right time. And the cheapest price. See you next time.