Trucking Fuel Cards: The 10 Best for Truckers
Trucking Fuel Cards: The 10 Best for Truckers
Fuel cards are an important part of the trucking business — no matter if you’re buying fuel for a major fleet, or for just a single vehicle. With a fuel card, carriers can save money at the pump by accessing deals and discounts that fuel cards offer to loyal customers. Plus, fuel cards help you to keep track of your fuel spending and usage, which is an important part of keeping your budget in line.
For fleets large and small, fuel cards offer a reliable way to save money and keep track of your fleet’s fuel transactions. For carriers with many truckers in their fleet, fuel cards can also establish limits on the amount of fuel each trucker can buy within a particular period of time. For optimal business management, the owner of the fuel card sets the boundaries of the fuel card.
Fuel cards can be offered by banks and other financial institutions, as well as by gas stations and independent fuel card distributors. Fuel cards are almost always an integral part of long-distance trucking operations — but with so many fuel card options, it isn’t always easy to tell which one is right for your business. Let’s take a look at the best trucking fuel cards on the market today, and the benefits that make them unique.
According to our team at DAT, these are the top 10 best fuel cards for truckers:
- WEX Flex Card
- Fuelman Deep Saver Fleet Card
- Shell Small Business Card
- ExxonMobil Fleet Pro Card
- BP Business Solutions Fuel Plus Card
- ARCO Business Solutions Mastercard
- Chase Ink Business Cash Card
- Serve American Express Card
- RTS Financial Card
- Chevron Texaco Card
1. Wex Flex Card
WEX offers a range of fuel card options, with wide coverage across the U.S. and Canada. A major advantage of WEX is its versatility — a WEX card is accepted at any major truck stop or gas station, which isn’t always the case with cards distributed by specific gas stations. With plenty of options for savings and ease of use, it makes sense why WEX is consistently ranked as one of the most popular fuel cards in the industry.
There are a few different types of WEX fuel cards, and it’s important to decide which one is right for your business. The basic WEX Fleet Card offers all the budget management services you will need for a small fleet, or as an owner operator. With the WEX Fleet Card, you can keep track of spending, get discounts on fuel prices, and fuel up at 95% of truck stops across the country. WEX also offers specific fuel cards for retailers, if you’re interested in choosing a specific brand of fuel for consistent discounts.
The most complete WEX fuel card option is the WEX FlexCard — which offers additional advantages like detailed custom reports, budget management features, and an automatic rebate of $0.03 cents per gallon. You can manage your WEX FlexCard from anywhere you have internet access, with no setup fees or annual card fees.
With either WEX card option, you have the added benefit of using the WEX Connect app to find discounts and search for the cheapest fuel in your area. WEX offers a simple way to save money over time on the road.
2. Fuelman Deep Saver Card
Fuelman is another popular option for small fleets, with cost control features that allow you to easily keep track of your truckers’ spending. You can use the Fuelman Deep Saver fuel card to ensure all your fuel expenses are going to the necessary diesel and ethanol fuel options, with a variety of rebates for purchases. Fuelman offers different rebates for unleaded and diesel fuel, but both are competitively priced for fleet operators on a budget.
Like the other top fuel card options, Fuelman Deep Saver is accepted at the vast majority of service stations across the country — at about 40,000 stops, almost as many as WEX. Like the other top fuel cards, Fuelman Deep Saver charges a monthly fee for the owner of the card, with insurance options for loss due to fraud.
3. Shell Small Business Card
The Shell Small Business Card is a gas station-specific card with great savings specifically for Shell customers. Shell Small Business fuel card is a cost-effective option, with no additional fees for monthly or annual subscriptions. Like many of the other options, Shell fuel cards offer variable rebates on fuel, with discounts of up to $0.06 per gallon.
A drawback of any gas station-specific fuel card is the limited range of stations where you can use it — but, with more than 14,000 Shell stations across the country, most long-distance truckers will have no trouble fueling up at exclusively Shell stations. The Shell Small Business card offers plenty of options for card owners to manage spending and get insight into spending history.
4. ExxonMobil FleetPro Card
Another gas station-specific fuel card, ExxonMobil FleetPro offers major benefits for a much more limited number of fuel stations. Most gas stations will accept FleetPro cards, but there is an additional fee of $2 per month for most gas stations outside of ExxonMobil. There are plenty of savings available for FleetPro customers, which are based on the number of FleetPro points accumulated at fuelsales.
Like the other top fuel cards, ExxonMobil FleetPro is easy to supervise, offering the card owner an opportunity to manage your budget and control spending. For a small fleet, FleetPro is an effective fuel card option in the reliable ExxonMobil network.
5. BP Business Solutions Fuel Plus Card
BP Business Solutions is a gas station-specific option that allows you to refuel at BP stations, as well as Amoco locations across the country. The BP Business card provides a wide range of savings for BP customers, including up to $0.06 cent rebates per gallon. Similar to a credit card from a bank, BP Business Solutions provides multiple balance options, including non-revolving balances.
Although BP Business Solutions is a great way to save at BP and Amoco stations, it is less versatile than other options with a wider range of fuel stations. Still, BP offers a solid fuel card with intuitive budget management, so the owner of the card can manage spending with ease.
6. ARCO Business Solutions Mastercard
ARCO Business Solutions is ARCO’s partnership with Mastercard, providing an effective credit card solution for major gas station chains around the country. ARCO Business Solution eliminates the monthly membership fee at 5,000 gallons, which makes it even more cost-effective for high-volume fueling.
Due to ARCO’s partnership with Mastercard, any gas station that accepts Mastercard will accept ARCO Business Solutions — so it’s one of the more versatile options on this list. Still, ARCO Business Solutions is officially a charge card, which means your pricing will depend on your credit score and risk assessment.
7. Chase Ink Business Cash Card
Chase Ink Business Cash is used for a variety of small businesses — not just trucking. But Chase Ink Business Cash has plenty of rewards for fuel spending, which makes it a great credit card option for trucking businesses. Whether you’re an owner operator or a carrier managing a small fleet, you can get up to 2% cash annually back based on your gas station purchases. Chase Ink is a great option for trucking businesses that need an all-purpose credit card, with potential savings for other business expenses outside of the trucking industry.
8. Serve American Express Card
Serve is a debit card option, accepted at gas stations that accept American Express cards. You can use Serve as an all-purpose card for your trucking business, with cash back options for purchases including fuel. Because Serve is a prepaid card, it is an effective way to control your fleet spending. You can also get potential fraud notifications, ATM access, and all the other benefits of a standard American Express debit card.
9. RTS Financial Card
RTS Financial is a well-known fuel card option for small fleets — and it is especially popular among diesel truckers. With low diesel pricing and a user-friendly app, you can find the best fuel prices from your smartphone wherever you have internet access. RTS is partnered with Speedway stations and Pilot Flying J restaurants, so RTS customers tend to get the best deals at those brands. Although RTS is an effective management tool for fuel budgets, its compatible fuel stations are limited compared to most of the other cards on this list.
10. Chevron Texaco Card
The Chevron Texaco Card is a useful fuel card for carriers, with spending tracking and budget management. You can use the Chevron app to get notified of purchases and to set caps on fuel spending for your fleet. Even though the Chevron Texaco Card has great business management features, it doesn’t include many of the fuel discounts or other money-saving benefits of some of the other cards on this list — meaning Chevron Texaco is usually not the most cost-effective fuel card option.
Save money on your next fuel card with DAT
At DAT, our partnership with WEX means customers can save on fuel with one of the most popular and highest-reviewed fuel card options. Whether you’re using the WEX Fleet Card or the WEX FlexCard, you can save with fuel discounts at all major gas stations across the country. Plus, WEX fuel cards offer tracking for employee spending, along with purchase alerts for the owner of the card. With WEX, you can manage your fleet budget from your smartphone — and avoid monthly fuel card fees completely.
As the biggest and most popular load board in the trucking industry, DAT offers carriers a complete transportation management solution. Now that we’ve partnered with WEX, you can save money with the most convenient fuel card, on the most convenient TMS dashboard. Whether you’re an owner operator or you’re managing a fleet, the WEX fuel card is your key to year-round savings at the pump.
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