e.alleg wrote: coaledsweat wrote:
The dealer only makes about 20 cents a gallon on the stuff, so to drive out to Hackensack and back for a $100 fill makes him about $6, not a very profitable adventure assuming he is paying a driver and fuel for the truck. If you are in a route that he goes by, it might be worth his while. I would start by calling the closest guy and work outward.
Your talking about 30 gallons at todays prices, thats pretty scarry.
I think the dealer is making 20 cents a gallon AFTER all expenses are paid, including the driver. The dealer locks in at wholesale prices in March or August and charges the customer going rate unless they are locked in, and I'll bet that the lock in in May will be much higher than last year. Last March fuel oil was $1.80 wholesale, so if the dealer is selling at $3.70 today that's almost $2.00/ gallon profit. The fuel truck costs about $1/mile to operate in fuel/maintenance alone, the driver probably makes $15/hour.
I used to do my own deliveries when I burned oil, Diesel fuel is the same thing and available in any quantity. Hey when you can't afford a $1200 fillup it's worth paying ten cents a gallon more for diesel.
Diesel includes taxes because it's a motor vehicle fuel, there's a dealer around here that sells "off road diesel" that is dyed red, also known as heating oil. They have a pump right by the regular diesel and the kero pump.
I don't know what the oil dealer I buy from is charging right now, my 275 gal. tank is at a little over 7", the line runs dry at 4". Since I'm heating the domestic hot water with oil I'll be visiting the "off road diesel" pump this week, 10 gallons at a time. I have no intention of getting the 150 gallon minimum delivery of oil! About 2 months ago I finally finished paying off the last minimum delivery.
But they did send me a nice calender.
I really can't say anything bad about them, they are just trying to make a living like everyone else, I've done business with them for 18 years, last time I was in the office (pay the bill in person) I suggested they consider going back to selling coal.