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BBB has determined that Capitol Oil Company, Inc. meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Factors that raised the rating for Capitol Oil Company, Inc. include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 1
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on Capitol Oil Company, Inc.
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: August 22, 1989 Business started: 01/01/1960

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

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9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400, Richmond VA 23230
Phone Number: 804-367-8511
Fax Number: 804-527-4401

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Michael Zacharias, President
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Michael Zacharias, President
Business Category

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Additional Locations

  • 1306 Bellwood Road

    Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-1220 (804) 329-6249 (804) 271-1221 (804) 271-1240 (804) 271-1620 (804) 271-2511

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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (804) 271-1221(Phone)
  • (804) 271-1240(Phone)
  • (804) 271-1620(Phone)
  • (804) 271-2511(Phone)
  • (804) 329-6249(Phone)
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Complaint Detail(s)

4/9/2013 Delivery Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: My relationship with Capitol Oil began about 5 years ago when I had them replace my oil furnace with a gas furnace and install an in-ground *** tank. We contracted with them to have automatic deliveries.Two summers I had my first problem with LPG being delivered in a timely fashion. I was near the tank in my yard and smelled gas. I checked the gauge on the tank and it read empty.I called Capitol and reported this. They made a delivery and told me that you could smell gas if it was allowed to run low or completely empty.This past summer I happen to check the gauge and it was down to 30% and I called for a delivery and asked to be sure we were on the schedule for automatic deliveries. Again I was assured we were.This past fall I checked again and found it down to 30% again.Then about mid January my tank was once again down to 30% and I called and requested a delivery. I asked to speak with a manager and a man was put on the line but I did not get his name. I complained that this was the third time in a row I had had to call to get LPG delivered when all the while I was supposed to be on the schedule to have it delivered automatically. He assured me this would be taken care of. I also asked if it could be done on a more frequent basis because the bill we would get when it was down to 30% was about $500 and it was difficult to work with such a large bill in our budget. I was told we would be put on the schedule to have a delivery every 2 weeks.On March 4 this happened again. I called and spoke with ******. She assured me that we would be put on a 2 week schedule. It has now been over 2 weeks and no delivery has been made.I request that *** deliveries be done in a timely fashion so that I don't have to keep checking on it. Please do whatever it takesto make that happen so we won't run low in gas and our bill will not be so high when we get a delivery.Is there something I need to do to make this happen that I am not doing?

Desired Settlement: All I want is to have LPG delivered in a timely fashion as I have been assured it would be time and time again. Having this done every 2-3 weeks from October thru March and every 6-8 weeks from April thru September would be great.

Business Response: We apoligize for any inconvience and concerns that our delivery schedule has caused in the past. ***** has set up *** ***** on a "Julian Day" delivery schedule instead of the normal "Degree Day" schedule. We will deliver every 2-3 weeks from October thru March and every 6-8- weeks April thru September.

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

12/26/2011 Problems with Product/Service