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Full Service vs. COD

There are two types of oil dealers, Full Service Dealers and C.O.D (Cash On Delivery) or Discount Dealers. The differences between dealer types are quite significant and a decision to choose one over the other needs careful consideration. Here’s some information to help you compare.

FULL SERVICE ADVANTAGES:

  • Premium Heating Oil & Tank Insurance
  • Automatic Oil Delivery with credit terms
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Guaranteed Oil Supply
  • Budget Programs & Credit Card Payments
  • Maintenace / Service Agreements
  • Sales, Service & Installation of all heating, cooling, hot water & air purification systems
  • Extensive stock of parts and equipment
  • Fleet with several oil delivery, service & installation vehicles
  • On site sheet metal shop & fabricators
  • Active Compliance & Safety Programs
  • Fully licensed & insured
  • No subcontractors



FULL SERVICE DISADVANTAGES:

  • Oil may be a few cents higher than discounters


C.O.D ADVANTAGES:

  • Cheap Oil
  • No contractual obligation by either party



C.O.D DISADVANTAGES:

  • Just oil. No additives added
  • Cash on delivery. You have to be home at the time of delivery to pay driver
  • Limited Operations and delivery vehicles
  • Often consist of 1-2 employees
  • No service or limited service often not by them but subcontract service out
  • No technical or live operator to speak to
  • Inadequate insurance coverage


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