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Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 16:47 GMT
The AA buys cheap petrol website
AA roadside assistance vehicles, old and new
The AA is expanding motorist services beyond roadside assistance
The UK motoring organisation the AA has bought Petrolbusters.com, an online service that directs motorists to the cheapest petrol sold in their area.

The purchase price was 250,000 for the website set up by a small group of e-commerce enthusiasts.

Matthew Thompson, director of information services at Centrica - the gas and financial services provider that owns the AA - said the deal was the first in a series of initiatives aimed at improving the AA's online services.

The organisation's website - due to be relaunched later this year - was intended to be an "unrivalled source of traffic, travel and motoring information on the internet" for the UK, he said.

Petrolbusters came to prominence during the September fuel price protests, when it claimed to be receiving about 25,000 visits a day to its site.

It said using the service was a way for motorists to register their discontent with high fuel prices.

During the petrol shortages, the site also claimed to be able to direct motorists to the nearest petrol stations which still had supplies.

Petrolbusters co-founder James Black said: "We worked long and hard to make Petrolbusters.com the success it is today - and we are happy that the AA is going to build on our aim of making life easier for UK motorists."

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