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Sunoco Gas Card Review

Sunoco Gas Card Review

Founded as Sun Company Inc. in 1886, Sunoco has seen some changes over the years. Sunoco's consumer products, including motor oil, gas and diesel, have tended to be the single constant among all that change. As fleet operators look to fuel cards to manage spending, it's little surprise that Sunoco has been a trusted partner.

Businesses Served by Sunoco Fleet Cards

While many of us associate fleet cards with larger fleets, Sunoco's reliance on volume discounts makes them an intelligent choice even if you're a "fleet" of one. With multiple cards offered, options are available that scale to businesses of varying sizes and operating areas. Better still, the incentives and complementary services offered mean that several of those cards aren't just fuel cards; they're fleet solutions.

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Types of Sunoco Fleet Cards

Like most fuel retailers, Sunoco offers consumer fuel cards. However, these don't offer the same incentives and perks as their business-oriented counterparts. Therefore, if your business is taking a serious look at its fuel spend, a fleet fuel card makes more sense. Sunoco offers four cards, each accepted at Sunoco's 5,000 American locations and each with different businesses' needs in mind.

Sunoco Corporate

Sunoco Corporate provides the same cost control and reporting features as the other Sunoco fleet cards, but does not offer most of the rest of the perks available to users of the other cards. However, it does set itself apart in one key respect: users have the option of paying over time, which can be useful for businesses with unpredictable cash flow.

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SunTrak®

SunTrak® is unique in that it offers a percentage discount (ranging from 1 to 3 percent) rather than a cents-per-dollar rebate on fuel costs. It provides enhanced security and reporting features to prevent misuse and unauthorized purchases as well as reporting and tax exemption functions.

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Sunoco Over-the-Road

Sunoco Over-the-Road is issued and backed by WEX FleetOne and is tailored to the unique needs of over-the-road trucking fleets. As such, drivers and fleet managers can take advantage of permitting assistance, factoring, fuel and cost management, and advanced spend and use metrics. High-volume fleets can save as much as seven cents per gallon after a promotional period that saves drivers up to 14 cents per gallon.

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Sunoco Universal

Sunoco Universal is issued and supported by WEX. As the name suggests, it can be used nearly anywhere; it's accepted at thousands of filling stations representing 90% of fuel retailers nationwide. Drivers can use the Sunoco Universal card for service and incidentals, while fleet managers can take advantage of security features, geofencing and purchase limits to keep drivers' spending under control.

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Both the Sunoco Over-the-Road and Sunoco Universal cards integrate directly with WEX telematics. All cards offer full-time online account access and management alongside the ability to set limits on purchases.

Find a Sunoco Station

Sunoco locations are not as numerous as they were even a decade ago, but the company does have operations in 24 states, plus Washington, DC. The area served is primarily east of the Mississippi River (with the exception of the company's locations in Texas), but can be uneven. While coverage stretches from Maine to Florida, and as far west as Michigan (in the north) and Alabama (in the south), coverage is sparse in some areas, tending to be concentrated near interstates and state highways with higher traffic.

Sunoco does not offer a station locator application. Drivers or fleet managers will need to rely on the Sunoco website on their desktop or mobile, or install a third-party application like GasBuddy or WEX (the latter of which is useful for finding stations that accept the Sunoco Over-the-Road and Universal cards issued via WEX).

Pros and Cons

Sunoco is justifiably well-known for the quality of its fuel, which is a significant draw for many drivers. The company also provides very good coverage on the Eastern Seaboard. However, there are drawbacks. On one hand, the lack of a fuel locator app can make finding stations an exercise in frustration for drivers in unfamiliar areas. On the other, the company's prevalence at rest stops in many states is a double-edged sword; it's easy enough to find a Sunoco station on interstates and major highways like the New Jersey Turnpike, but fuel prices at those stations often tack on what amounts to a tourist tax, and are more expensive than their retail counterparts. It may only amount to a few cents per gallon, but if you're filling up frequently or in volume, it does tend to add up.

Conclusion

For fleet and business customers doing business on the Eastern Seaboard and some points west (like Pennsylvania, where the company is headquartered), Sunoco is a good choice. That's especially true of local concerns and regional carriers. For fleets that venture farther afield, the gaps in coverage are capably covered by the Sunoco Universal and Sunoco Over-the-Road cards. But for customers whose businesses commonly operate outside these areas -- for instance, a company operating in Texas but with a service radius that covers the Southwest or Midwest -- a card tied to a brand with better local coverage could be a safer bet.