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    Just paid the balance off our car hire. We are going through Dollar and our paperwork says that we will be charged for a tank of petrol when we pick up the car.
    Any idea of how much Dollar charge for this?

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    I don't know how much they charge, but do check. They need to give you an itemized list. If they are going to charge you for a full tank on the release of the car, do they expect a full tank on the return? If so, I'd raise a question about that.

    I rent cars with the refuel option, that means THEY refill it when I return it (and I pay the standard charge per gallon). They tell me what the cost will be up front.

    Does that help at all or make things more confusing?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 173568
    If they are going to charge you for a full tank on the release of the car, do they expect a full tank on the return? If so, I'd raise a question about that.
    Not sure about that either Tink

    I need to email them.

    EDIT: looks like I send it back empty

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    Hmmm that sounds odd.

    The cars I rent almost always have a full tank when I pick it up. I then have the options of:

    1. returning it full
    2. Prepaying for a full tank and they fill it when I get back
    3. If I do neither of the above, they refill it for me and charge my credit card like $8 a gallon!

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    It's an intermediate car Johnie.
    This is a passage in the terms and conditions from the voucher....


    What's NOT included;

    Fuel. If you have purchased the Fully Inclusive rate this will NOT include the first tank of fuel. Fuel options vary from supplier to supplier so please check the fuel conditions when you collect the car. Most suppliers will charge you for a tank of fuel on collection of the vehicle in this case return the vehicle empty as possible.

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    If you are returning it empty then they will charge you to refill it. That's the purpose of the presenting charge.

    Do email them though for clarification. I don't want to tell you something and have it be totally wrong. I've learned that things vary between UK and US rentals/use. Why, I'm not sure, but they do.






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    they charge a lot more than just what it costs at the pumps thats one thing i know, so i always take an ugrade to have a full tank and return it full diane
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    Unless they do something different for UK folks, the gas per gallon charge isn't always higher than what is on the street. Sometimes it's actually less.

    Right now we are paying anywhere from 2.73-99 per gallon...






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    I have had many heated discussions about fuel charges and they say someone has to fill it up!!!. Well I would not mind being given around $4 a gallon for filling it up. Nice profit.Normally I give people the option and telling them the cost of prepaying the tank of fuel.
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    When I rent a car I am always given the option of prepaying for a tank of gas. This tank normally costs about the same price, sometimes a bit less and sometimes a bit more, than what you would pay if you pumped it yourself. You can then return the car to the hire place with NO additional fuel cost due at the return, so yes you can return it empty. If I plan on doing a LOT of driving then I usually choose this option and try to return it as empty as possible. If I don't plan on doing a lot of driving I will find a gas station relatively close to the airport and fill it up myself, so that the gauge will still read FULL when I turn it in. If you do not fill it up when you return then you will pay RIDICULOUS prices per gallon to have them fill it for you.





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