South African customers are generally satisfied with whom they choose to use when filling up with petrol.
This is according to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi), which noted a satisfaction score of 78.6 out of 100.
SAcsi is a national economic indicator of customer satisfaction in the quality of products and services available to household consumers in South Africa.
The index surveyed 2,301 customers of Sasol, Caltex, Shell, Total, Engen, and BP during the last two months.
Sasol emerged as industry leader at 80.9 out of 100, with its customers naming it as the ideal petrol station. Shell (79.8), Total (78.7), Engen (78.2), Caltex (77.9) and BP (77.4) were all statistically on par with the industry average.
“It is interesting to see that although there is no significant price differentiation between the various brands in terms of the fuel price, customers perceive the value that they receive from the various service stations differently,” said Prof. Adré Schreuder, founder of SAcsi and CEO of Consulta.
“This means that perceived value at fuel service stations is influenced by elements other than the price of fuel,” he said.
Customers have higher expectations of Sasol and Shell, which Schreuder said could be due to the established reputations of the brands.
Sasol and Shell again scored highest in terms of perceived quality at 83.3 and 83.2 respectively. Perceived value is slightly higher in 2015 at 77.4 out of 100 (2013: 77.2).
While Sasol has the lowest number of complaints (6%), it is the market leader when it comes to complaint handling (70.8 out of 100 complaints are satisfactorily resolved). Complaints tended to centre on service issue, the quality of petrol and product availability.
The Net Promoter Score is a measure of the likelihood of customers to recommend a particular brand. The NPS for the industry was 42.3%, with Sasol well above the average at 51.8% and Shell following closely at 48.3%.
All the other brands’ NPS scores were below the industry average.