The Ultimate Guide to Buying Wholesale Fuel

(Gasoline & Diesel)

The wholesale fuel industry is complex. Our goal is to make it simple. This is a quick guide on oil filters and to quickly bring you up to speed in the wholesale fuel industry. So that by the time you are done reading this, you will be a bulk fuel buying pro.

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How is Bulk Fuel Priced?

RefineryThis may be the most complex part of the fuel industry. Luckily we have written a lot about pricing wholesale fuel.

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48 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to Buying Wholesale Fuel (Gasoline & Diesel)

  • John Crosier

    We recently opened a c-store and have been buying gas from fuel city. Friday my daughter bought gas for $2.607 the price that we was selling was $2.699 the following Saturday gas dropped to $2.59. Is there any way to prevent
    This? Where can I find better bulk gas delivery company?

    • J.J. Mancini


      Great questions. When the market falls, this can be very frustrating. Here is my recommendation of what you should do:
      1) Make sure your current fuel supplier has your best interests at heart. Do they can about your success or just about making a quick buck.
      2) Make sure you have market insight. So that you know WHEN to buy and when NOT to buy. That is why we invented the PowerFuel iPhone app. Even if you don’t use our app make sure you have insight int market movements. You want to buy when the markets going up and wait to buy when it is going down.

      If you have any other questions, just ask 😉

  • Nthabiseng

    I want to sell diseal in bulk (25 litters)ordering and collecting my stock from ur company,what is the best price u can give per litter?

    • J.J. Mancini

      Unfortunately 25 litres is not considered bulk. We sell in gallons and a minimum order is generally above 2,500 gallons and generally closer to 8000 gallons if you want the best price.

  • Kendra

    I’m starting a fuel delivery service to residential and commercial companies. I would like some info on pricing unleaded and premium. Minimum amount in bulk?

    • J.J. Mancini

      Hi Kendra,

      Feel free to give us a call and we can help you with that. 1-888-750-(FUEL)3835
      Minimum gallons for us is generally 2500 gallons. But if you are starting a fuel delivery service, then the minimum really comes down to you. Most carriers still charge 8000 minimum for gas eventhough they will haul less.

      • Michael De Jesus Da Costa

        hey JJ i’m currentley looking for a supplier for 50.000MT of ULSD could u give me some information to where i can get a good supplier
        it with a 1 yr contract and i dont want to lose it

        • J.J. Mancini

          Michael, thank you for the comment. There are plenty of suppliers who can offer fuel at those volumes. What it comes down to is logistics. Where do you need the fuel? Trucked some where? Pipeline tender? Train? Barge? Is this a monthly volume? We would love to be your supplier, but we will need more information. Please fill out the contact form by clicking “contact” at the top right, or give us a call 888-750-3835.

  • kashmir malhi

    how i can buy cheap fuel for my new location

    • J.J. Mancini

      If by cheap you mean inexpensive, the best way is to call ALL of the wholesale fuel suppliers in your area and get quotes from them. That way you are always buying the lowest of what pricing you see.

  • Warren

    Hi, I am interested in the purchasing and reselling or selling of petroleum here in South Africa. Suggestions on which to buy from and what I would need to get started would be very helpful please and whether I can actually do it…

    • J.J. Mancini

      Well, it just so happened that I used to live in Cape Town, ZA and happen to know a little bit about the fuel industry there.
      In order to keep the prices low, the government operates and subsidizes gasoline and diesel. Because of that, to become a reseller of petrol would be difficult if not impossible. Because of the relatively “free market” in the USA creates the marketer or jobber business. Because of the government run nature in ZA, that market does not exist. If it did, you’d probably have to be lining Zuma’s pockets, or someone in the DA.

  • Felix Hurtado

    Hello, we are currently looking into starting a fuel delivery business in Southern California and I’m wondering in general if we purchase 8,000 gallons at a time of gas how much cheaper on average would that be compared to gas station prices in Los Angels?

    • J.J. Mancini


      On average if you buy bulk, you will be saving about 2-8 cents per gallon. But also keep in mind, that because of some of the competition of the hyper-markets (Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.) it is also possible that they, at times, will be selling at the pump cheaper than you can buy. It comes down to relationship and buying from as many suppliers as you can.

  • Annie

    Is there any way you can purchase wholesale gas without having a c-store? If there is where could you properly store such a large amount of Gas? Look forward to your reply!

    • J.J. Mancini

      Yes it is possible. But you need to own tanks. Tanks come in many sizes from 500 gallon totes 20k gallon beasts (they get much bigger too). If you want to get a quote to buy a tank reach out to or a similar company.



    • J.J. Mancini

      Unfortunately we do not sell outside of the United States and Mexico. So we are unable to help in Turkey or Dubai.

  • Chris Winters

    I didn’t know it was possible to buy fuel in bulk. I have been wanting to buy a better car that is more fuel efficient. I definitely think that we should find one that we could stock up on diesel fuel that could help us to save some money before inflation affects the local prices.

    • J.J. Mancini

      Chris, realistically if you are looking to just buy bulk for your personal use, you probably do not go through enough volume of fuel to warrant paying for the infrastructure to hold the bulk fuel. There are a lot of state regulations on how to “contain” fuel. Your investment to store even 500 gallons (very small) of fuel would be a couple thousand dollars. Think of it this way, you could go to Costco and buy pallets of toilet paper to stop from potential inflation (not the best analogy because I know fuel prices fluctuate MUCH more than TP), but then you would have to store it. When really, that’s what you pay Costco for. They are the “store”. In the same way, gas stations are the “store” for fuel. Yes, you’ll pay a higher price, but for 99% of people, it’s more than worth it. Hope this helped.

  • Leslie Cameron

    a truckload comes in how many sizes ? if f.i. it´s a 8000 gallos truck, can I get supplied a half truckload of any sized truck ?

    • J.J. Mancini

      Sorry for taking a few days to respond. A truckload comes (depends on the state because of weight) in 7500 gallons of Diesel and 8500 gallons of gas. YES, you can buy what we call “short loads”, but there is a caveat. The freight company will charge you the same price for freight whether they are hauling 8500 gallons or 100 gallons. So for example, if the freight cost is $170 to travel 50 miles, then if you divide that by a full load of 8500, that is two (2) cents per gallon. But if you only order 1000 gallons, then the cost of freight is $.175 per gallon. That is a BIG difference! So generally if you are going to get a short load, the smallest amount we would recommend is 3000. Otherwise, the discount of buying bulk is lost by the higher costs of freight.

  • John Travis

    JJ; What does it take to have a direct relationship with a refinery in order to become a mid-size wholesale supplier? I looking at 300-600k barrels per month, one year contracts, CIF and FOB. refined fuel products.

    • J.J. Mancini

      Thanks for the comment. At those volumes (300k-600k bbls per month) you want to be buying direct tenders from the refinery. But if you do not have the relationship with the refinery, that is why you would use someone like us. We know the refineries, the best pricing, how to contract correctly, buying from multiple refineries, etc. I’d recommend giving us a call if you are interested. 505-750-3835 and ask for me (J.J.), and we can chat in more detail.

  • danny lakani

    i do not have gas station or conv. store, i would like to buy fuel here at wholesale price and then send to mexico, please advice me about that. thanks.

    • J.J. Mancini

      If you are interested in being a partner with us in distributing fuel into Mexico, please fill out the quick form here.

  • Marlon Thomas Jr

    Hello. I am interested in getting into the fuel wholesaling buinsess and I have a few questions. What kind of experience is needed in order to become a fuel wholesaler? How much capital is needed on average to start out in this type of business?

    • J.J. Mancini

      Eeeek! I would not recommend it. It is the largest learning curve of any business I have been a part of and it takes a lot of capital for small margins. You have to be able to cover losses. With that said. You can start with $250k. That should be enough to start. If you want more info, feel free to call. 505-369-3500

  • Jason

    How can I buy future derivatives contracts for a specific market that isn’t NY LA or gulf?
    Thanks a ton!

    • J.J. Mancini

      You’ll have to work with your broker on that. We recommend They are HANDS DOWN the best at knowing fuel market derivatives.

  • Cesar

    Hello JJ i am insterested in buying bulk fuel, i can buy the8000 gallon maybe every other week how can i get prices please advice

    • J.J. Mancini

      Skip will be reaching out to you.

  • Barry

    Hi J.J., I’m looking at the possibility to have onsite fuel for my fleet. Do you have any recommendations or guidelines I should follow? I most likely will not be buying the 2500 gallon minimum and not necessarily looking for great discounts on fuel just trying to cut costs on employees wasting time at the gas station. Thanks

    • J.J. Mancini

      Hi Barry,
      If all you are trying to do is cut costs of wasting employee time, you should get a service company to provide “wet-hose” services instead. Wet hose is where they come with a small bobtail truck after hours, and fill up all of your trucks for you. That way your employees are NEVER at a gas station and you don’t have to do with any of the compliance. Search for wet-hose, bobtail, fleet fueling, in your areas and there is bound to be someone who provides that service.

      • Juan Roberto Valencia

        Hi, I am interested in the purchasing 100,000 galon diesel ULSD and reselling on TX and México. I applyed for Texas Sale distribution.. Suggestions on which to buy from and what I would need to get started would be very helpful please and whether I can actually do it…

        • J.J. Mancini

          Give us a chance! That is what we specialize in. Other than that, just do research on wholesale fuel suppliers in the region. Feel free to reach out to Skip Roberts 505-369-3505 to get a pricing quote.

  • Mamoudou

    Hello Me Mancini, We have an order from a western african country for a 5 years Contracts on Gasoline and Gas oil. Can you help to connect with some suppliers?

    Kind regards

    • J.J. Mancini

      Unfortunately, we do not sell fuel in West Africa yet. So we do not have any insight into that market.

  • Vicki

    Hi J.J.

    If I bought a gas station with 8 pumps, how much the wholesale price I can get? I live in California San Jose area. Thanks!

  • Isaac Daniels

    I have an airport transportation business. I use passenger vans.  Would I be eligible to buy wholesale fuel from your company or affiliate ?

    • J.J. Mancini

      Do you have your own tanks? Is yes, the en yes you can buy from us or another wholesaler. If not, no. You are not in the category of bulk fuel.

  • Jay misir

    How is the cost for transporting fuel from the port to the gas station generally calculated?

    • J.J. Mancini

      It will in cents per gallon per 10 miles, with a minimum of 8000 gallons (most states). And they would give you a table for mileage calculation. DSL is heavier and thus more expensive than gas.

  • oscar

    how many gallons of D6 can be supplied buy a seller ? (weekly, monthly), cuz I’ve seen people offering some ridiculous quantities. thanks

    • J.J. Mancini

      It depends on the supplier. D6 is also known as bunker fuel. And because large freight ships use D6 it is in plentiful supply near any large coastal city in the US. Hope that helps.

  • Chris A

    Hi, are there any consulting type companies out there that can manage my fuel purchases for a fleet of trucks and other equipment.  We have an on site “site specific gas station” so we ensure we get the price every time we need to replenish..?  I use to work for a procurement consulting company and we used a company like this to manage our fuel purchases to get us the best pricing for each of our rental car client locations in the country.  I cant remember who this company was nor can I find them by Google.  Any suggestions?  Both unleaded and diesel..

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