Fuel FAQ

Where is my nearest Tesco Petrol Filling Station?

The best way to find your nearest Tesco Petrol Filling Station is to use our store locator. We have over 600 Tesco Petrol Filling Stations across the UK, simply select your nearest store to see what services they offer.

I am disabled and need help to fuel my car. What do I need to do?

To get help with refuelling, sound your horn (or turn on your hazard warning lights) and make sure your blue badge is clearly visible through the front windscreen.

I don’t have any method of payment with me and I’ve already filled up. What should I do?

Please go into our kiosk and one of our colleagues will help you to fill out a “No means of payment” form, and you have 7 days to pay the full amount at any Tesco site.

I accidentally left the petrol station without paying, what should I do?

If this happens, we do inform the police that you’ve not paid for your fuel. Please come back as soon as you can to pay and we’ll let the police know that you’ve paid us.

What are the guidelines for filling up jerry cans and other portable containers with fuel?
  • Only authorised plastic or metal containers can be used.
  • The maximum capacity for a plastic container is 10 litres.
  • The maximum capacity for a metal container is 20 litres.
  • Petrol containers should be marked or labelled with the words: “PETROL” and “HIGHLY FLAMMABLE”, a hazard warning sign and the capacity in litres. They should also have the manufacturer’s name and the date and month of manufacture.
  • Customers can fill a maximum of 2 containers of petrol.
  • The maximum amount that can be legally stored by a private individual, without formally notifying the Petroleum Enforcement Authority is 30 litres.
How do I report a fuel spillage on the forecourt?

If there’s been a fuel spillage on the petrol station forecourt, please inform a colleague in the kiosk. If the kiosk isn’t staffed at the time, please let the in-store Customer Service Desk know.

Why don’t you offer a super diesel?

We’re always reviewing our fuel offering and believe that our regular diesel fuel already offers a great combination of performance and value.

What are the benefits of using Tesco Momentum 99?

Momentum 99 contains a special blend of additives to help keep the fuel system clean and working at its best.

Additionally, the higher octane level (99 compared to 95 for regular unleaded petrol) gives improved overall engine performance for those cars that are able to take advantage (generally sportier models).

Which Tesco Petrol Filling Stations sell Momentum 99?

Most Tesco Petrol Filling Stations across England, Scotland and Wales stock Momentum 99, but please check store locator for details.

Why don’t you sell Tesco Momentum 99 in Northern Ireland?

We don’t currently have a supply terminal that is able to produce our high octane base fuel to blend with our exclusive additives in Northern Ireland.

Why do you need additives in fuel?

We have two different types of additives in fuel. These are to make sure the fuel meets British Standards specification and to help engine performance.

How much is your petrol/diesel at my local Tesco Petrol Filling Station?

Please visit your local store as prices change often so any price we listed here may be out of date by the time you visit the petrol station.

Are there certain standards for fuel in the UK?

All fuel sold in the UK must conform to the same British Standards. For reference, they are BS EN 228:2012 for unleaded and BS EN 590: 2013 for diesel. With base fuel the same standard across the country, the difference between retailers then comes down to the additives that are blended into the base fuels before going into tankers and off to the forecourt. We can’t comment on other retailers, but can tell you that we blend additives into all of our fuels: Tesco Unleaded, Tesco Diesel and Tesco Momentum 99.

How much ethanol is in Tesco petrol?

Under UK legislation, large fuel producers have a mandatory obligation to use a certain percentage of fuel from renewable sources. The renewable fuel used in petrol is ethanol, typically produced from sugar or starch crops such as sugar cane and maize. Dependent on location and supplier, UK standard petrol contains between 5.5 and 10 percent ethanol (produced in compliance to BS EN 288:2012). Our E5, super grade fuel (Momentum 99) contains up to a maximum of 5 percent ethanol.

Why are some Tesco Petrol Filling Stations more expensive than others?

Like other major petrol retailers in the UK, we don’t have one national price for fuel, but we work hard to be competitive in all areas including the services and ranges offered within our kiosks and forecourts.

Do I have to remove my motorbike helmet in the kiosk?

Tesco policy is that motorcyclists should remove their helmets when entering the kiosk if requested by colleagues.

What car wash facilities do you provide at Tesco Petrol Filling Stations?

The facilities available are dependent on the station you’re visiting, but we offer excellent choices including Tesco hand car wash, rollover car wash and jet wash.

Check our store locator to see if there’s a car wash at your local store.

Your car wash has damaged my car, what should I do?

If you’re at the store, you can report the problem at the store’s Customer Service Desk and they’ll help you fill in a Vehicle Damage Report. Alternatively, please visit the contact us page and our Customer Service team will be able to help you.

Why don’t you provide free air and water at Tesco Petrol Filling Stations?

The small charge for air and water helps to cover the cost of operating and maintaining our machines to a very high standard, making sure they’re available for all our customers to use.

I’ve put the wrong fuel in my car – what can I do?

If you’re still in a Tesco Petrol Filling Station, please don’t turn on the ignition or try to start the engine: this will circulate the fuel and increase the risk of damage to your engine.

Please speak to a member of staff and they’ll be able to help you. If you’re away from our forecourt, you can call AA Fuel Assist yourself on 0800 048 3345 from a landline or 0330 1027528 from a mobile, quoting ‘AA Tesco’ to receive a discount.

Can I earn Clubcard points at Tesco Petrol Filling Stations?

Yes, you can earn 1 point for every £2 spent on fuel within our Tesco Petrol Filling Stations and 1 point for every £1 spent in the kiosk on qualifying purchases other than fuel. Tesco Bank customers can also get more Clubcard points.

Which payment cards can be used at Pay at Pump?

We accept all UK-registered chip and pin cards, except for Visa Electron.

What fuel cards do you accept?

TWe accept the following fuel cards at our kiosks:

  • fuelGenie
  • UK Fuels
  • Keyfuels (purple card only)
  • Allstar
Can I use the Tesco Pay+ app at Tesco Petrol Filling Stations?

Yes, you can use it in the kiosks of all Tesco Petrol Filling Stations nationwide. It’s not currently available for use on Pay at Pump machines.

What’s the maximum spend at Pay at Pump?

You can fill up with a maximum of £120 of fuel using Pay at Pump. There’s no maximum spend when paying at our kiosks.

Can I use money-off coupons at Pay at Pump?

You can’t use coupons at Pay at Pump, but they can be used in our kiosks.

Do you accept contactless payment at your Petrol Filling Stations?

Yes, we accept all contactless payment cards for payments up to £100 in our kiosks. Contactless isn’t accepted at Pay at Pump.

What happens if I don’t have £120 in my account?

If your account balance is under £120, your card issuer should respond with the lower amount they’ll allow, and the fuel pump screen will show the value you can fill up to.

Some card issuers might not allow partial authorisations below £120. If this happens, please try another payment card.

Why does my bank account statement still show a £120 transaction?

There may be a small number of occasions where your card issuer doesn’t update your balance in real time. We’ll only ever charge you for the value of the fuel you’ve purchased, but if you do have concerns, please talk to your bank for further details.

Where can I find more information about Pay at Pump card transactions?

For more information, please talk to your card issuing bank or read more from the Mastercard, Visa or UK Finance web pages.

What is E10?

E10 is a greener petrol containing up to 10 percent renewable ethanol. As well as producing a lower level of CO2, the higher ethanol content of E10 petrol means it contains less non-renewable fossil fuel. E10 replaced standard E5 petrol on 1 September 2021. The introduction of E10 fuel was mandated by the British Government.

Is E10 available everywhere?

E10 has become the standard (95 octane) petrol in the UK. However, for those vehicles that are not compatible with E10 fuel, Tesco will continue to offer Momentum 99 (E5/Super grade) where possible. Currently, E10 is not mandated in Northern Ireland.

How can I check my petrol vehicle is compatible with E10?

To find out whether your vehicle can run E10 petrol, you can use the Government compatibility checker. If you’re still unsure, fill up with Momentum 99 ('Super grade') and seek advice from your vehicle manufacturer before your next fill.