When you see the price of basic fuels at CZK 40 per liter on the stand, you will probably say something about the greediness of sellers, which is not always the case. The world of fuel is strictly controlled and brutally taxed, so the biggest beneficiary is actually the state.

And because the world of fuels is interesting and practically moves society on a daily basis, we approached the operational manager of ONO gas stations, Jiří Ondra, to tell us more about fuels and their quality and prices.

If a liter of gasoline costs, for example, 30 crowns, what all and in what proportion does this amount make up?

If the consumer buys Natural 95 for CZK 30, then CZK 12.84 is consumption tax, about CZK 5 is 21% VAT, so some 60% of the total amount will go to the state for these taxes. Then there is the refinery margin, the carrier margin, and the gas station margin. I only know the amount of our margin, and it is roughly 70 pennies. The rest of the price is the price of oil.

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Fuel taxation is (not only) huge in the Czech Republic.

Bio-components are also mixed into fuels, but when will this process take place?

All this takes place in refineries. If I make it very simple, oil will flow into the refinery through the oil pipeline, and only then will the refinery produce gasoline, diesel, and of course the related mixing of bio-components, additives, and so on.

What fuel do dishonest pumpers use? So what is most often used?

Cases of someone tampering with fuel have not occurred in our country for many years. The quality of fuel is at the standard European level, and if a trader receives a fine, the overwhelming majority is for technical indiscipline, not intent.

Is there any way for the motorist to find out where the station gets fuel from? For example, if it is from ČERPA or another origin?

Delivery notes and certificates for shipments are available to the staff at each gas station. They will always present them to the customer upon request.

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According to the law, fuel tankers must be marked with an appropriate label stating the cargo’s hazard class.

Does it really make sense to refuel ordinary cars with premium fuel, do additives really work?

Additives have their purpose, they can improve engine performance and can even reduce fuel consumption by a certain percentage. We also offer additive-enhanced diesel or directly sell high-quality additives that the customer can dose himself.

What about 100 octane gasolines, do they really have 100 or more octane?

If the seller claims to sell 100 octane gasoline, then of course it contains 100 octane. In today’s era of frequent checks, no one dares not tell the truth about this.

And now for ONO, what does the name ONO actually mean?

Since we are a family company, the name ONO was created by the union of the two Ondrů brothers. The name is a combination of two Ondra surnames.

As an ONO network, you have low prices and queues at the racks. Can you tell us how you keep the price low? In short, just a small margin?

Yes, it’s that simple. It is possible to have a small margin if the company has a high number of customers and at the same time tries to minimize its costs. It’s not a strategy you can implement in a year. Our company has been operating for thirty years, and practically from the beginning, the founders said that they would operate on this principle of low margins. Therefore, we have been building trust between us and our customers for thirty years.

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ONO sticks to low margins for a long time, which according to the head of the stations is the key to success.

Our customers know that they can fill up with us at the lowest possible prices, and this also applies to the additional range, which is comparable in price to supermarkets. We offer our customers products at the best prices and they return it to us with repeated visits.

So, to sum it up, the state takes about 60% of every liter of gasoline, bio-components are already mixed into fuels in refineries, punching is not intentional, but rather a mistake, octanes are mostly correct, the origin of the fuel will be shown to you by the station attendant and on the way to the filled stands margins are low in the Czech Republic. Well, at least that’s how the leader of the Czech network of ONO pumps sees it, where the doors often don’t stop even for a moment…