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Used car news: Shopping around for cheap fuel 'a false economy'

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Motorists who search around their local area for the best-value petrol could be wasting their time, according to a new report.

An investigation by Auto Express looked into the correlation between fuel economy and price, finding that there is very little to choose between the major brands.

Penny-per-mile rankings showed that Shell narrowly leads the way with over 22 miles per gallon in the test, while Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda and BP finished close behind.

The figures may contradict recent advice given to motorists by Which? that they could make savings by seeking out the cheapest local fuel supplier.

"It's easy for cash-strapped motorists to be swayed by headline grabbing pence-per-litre prices. But our investigation clearly shows that time spent shopping around for these fuel pumps could simply be a false economy," said Auto Express news and features editor Julie Sinclair.

Which? has also urged motorists to make savings in the new year by switching to the cheapest car insurance policies when their current cover expires.

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