Motorists searching for the lowest price at the pump as fuel costs soar have a new weapon in their arsenal: the SaveMore VI app developed by Crucian Point LLC.
SaveMore VI is available to download for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores and contains up-to-date gas prices, and where consumers can purchase the cheapest gas on each island every day, according to Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Richard Evangelista, who announced the collaboration between his department and Crucian Point in a press release on Monday.
DLCA will continue to do its weekly fuel survey and publish its official findings to the community, said Evangelista. However, with the constant increasing price of wholesale fuel, the extra expense is passed on to the consumer at the retail pump and DLCA is unable to provide consumers with live information, the press release stated.
“In times where every penny counts and with rapid inflation, we wanted to give people a tool to make their lives easier” said Lesley Comissiong, co-creator of the app. “Right now, it costs money to drive around to find out which station has the cheapest gas. Now you can stay at home and know before you get in your car, and we will be expanding the service to other consumer products in the near future, to help residents save more,” said Comissiong.
“This collaboration could not come at a better time,” said Evangelista. “Right now, Virgin Islanders are anxious about world events and what will be happening with world events, and this free tool will help to hold gas stations accountable and give consumers knowledge with ease and convenience that they have never had before,” he said. “Our job at DLCA is to protect consumers first and foremost and utilizing easy to use technology that everyone has access to is one way for us to do so, and we are happy to provide the community with this tool.”
The app includes a pricing update feature that allows users to upload price changes to help keep the app up to date and as current as possible. SaveMore VI will be offering additional services and consumer information in the future to help Virgin Islanders save money, according to the release.
Crucian Point, LLC is a full-service agency that builds, and designs customer-focused web, mobile, and digital applications and provides internet marketing owned and operated by Virgin Islander Shomari Moorehead on St. Croix, the press release stated.
For consumer-related issues, email the DLCA at email@example.com or call its hotlines on St. Croix at 340-727-SCAM (7226), or St. Thomas/St. John at 340-771-SCAM (7226). You may file a consumer complaint at www.dlca.vi.gov.