ARCO Gas Cards Review: Are They Right for Your Fleet?

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No Fees, Please!

If fuel card fees are a no-go for you, then check out our exploration of the best prepaid fuel cards. Many of these have no extra costs at all.

Looking for quality fuel at fair prices? ARCO can offer that. Find out more about their fuel card program and their services in our ARCO review


Businesses Served

For years, credit cards were a no-go zone for ARCO, and that reluctance to take credit cards kind of continues to this day. However, businesses and commercial clientele have a golden ticket that allows them entry to their cost-saving fuel card program.

In our review of ExxonMobil and Sunoco, we found they offer a plethora of fuel card options. In contrast, ARCO offers only two cards. Between them, however, they offer effective ARCO business solutions that exist on a local or national level.

Fuel Cards Offered

ARCO’s main business solutions are the ARCO Business Solutions Fuel Card and the ARCO Business Solutions MasterCard® card. Both cards share a number of features including:

  • Acceptance at all ARCO locations
  • Assignable PINs for added security
  • Online monitoring and reports (including exception-based reporting)
  • Purchase restrictions (by purchase type, geofencing, and dollar or gallon limits)
  • Full-time account access.

If you're looking for a simpler solution, you can get a prepaid Arco PumpPASS, which is one of our favorite business fuel cards that doesn't require a credit check.

Consult our guide if you'd like more information on how to get a fuel card without a credit check.

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The ARCO Business Solutions MasterCard, issued by FleetCards USA and backed by MasterCard, betters the above by offering additional key features.

First, it’s accepted at any filling station that accepts MasterCard.

Second, it allows drivers to make maintenance purchases.

Third, it offers more comprehensive reporting than the Business Solutions Fuel Card.

In short, from our ARCO review, we can summarize that the Business Solutions Fuel Card is best suited to local and regional carriers, while the ARCO Business Solutions MasterCard® affords a greater degree of freedom to companies whose service area extends beyond places covered by ARCO stations.

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FAQs

Where are ARCO stations located?

ARCO operates nearly 1,300 filling stations, stretching from Lynden, Washington in the Northwest to Tucson and Drexel Heights in the Southwest.

Stations tend to be clustered on or near the interstates, especially the I-5 and 505, I-80 and 280, I-15 and I-40, but also extending to US Highways such as 50 and 395, and major state highways like the 99 in California.

Finding those stations can be a bit of a challenge, as app users report inaccuracies with the distancing.

Alternatives are available — including the ARCO website and third-party apps.

Is ARCO fuel high quality?

According to a Consumer Report study, ARCO is one of the top fuel companies for high quality gas. Use your fuel card to purchase high quality fuel that won’t clog up your engine.

Are there any fees to consider?

ARCO’s Business Solutions card has a per-card issuance fee, however this can be waived in certain circumstances. The Business Solutions MasterCard has a ten dollar fee per card, per month. However, this is waived if your business purchases more than 5,000 gallons per month – granted, it can be a high bar to clear! Additional fees are tacked on for paper statements, but switching to online statements eliminates that concern.

Our Methodology: How Did We Find the Best Fuel Cards?

Five researchers carried out in-depth research into US fleet cards according to a comparison framework designed by our research team leader. For each card we've asked these questions:

  • How convenient is it to use?
  • How helpful is it for managing fuel expenses?
  • What can it do to ensure your company's funds are secure?
  • What extra benefits do you receive from using it?

We've also broken down each card by fee structure, fuel type, network coverage and more to offer you the easiest choice.

Conclusion

While ARCO doesn’t offer as many fuel cards, or as many filling stations, as many of its competitors, it’s still a viable option under certain circumstances. If you’re a local or regional business operating mostly within range of ARCO stations, consider the ARCO Business Solutions Fuel Card. If, on the other hand, your business primarily operates on the West Coast with occasional forays farther afield, the ARCO Business Solutions MasterCard is worth a closer look. For other companies and fleets that operate primarily outside the ARCO coverage area, it would be worthwhile to explore other options.

Written by:
Julia Watts author headshot photo
Specialising in business software, Julia writes jargon-busting guides about VoIP, fleet management, dash cams, fuel cards, and more. Having spent almost a decade writing for entrepreneurs and reviewing business solutions, she loves helping exciting ventures – big or small – to flourish.
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Maïté Bouhali
Maite began her career with Expert Market nearly four years ago as a writer. She quickly developed a passion for the challenges faced by small businesses and now endeavours to help them make informed decisions for their future. In her current position as Business Software Editor, Maite works closely with writers to ensure that each article is informative, well-researched, engaging, and actionable for readers. With extensive knowledge of CRM, vehicle tracking devices, and fuel cards, she is meticulous in her review of each article and provides detailed feedback before publication. Whether you're seeking to stay informed on the latest trends in business software or need guidance in selecting the most appropriate software for your organisation's needs, Maite is here to help. With her sharp eye for detail and commitment to quality, she is dedicated to supporting businesses in achieving their goals.