Fuel is a very complex topic, since none of the fueling options is 100 per cent suitable. Broadly speaking, there are three ways to deal with this subject.
Surely, one is much more comfortable than the other, though none of them is completely attractive. You will have to contemplate which one is more convenient for each situation. It is hard to say which the best is, since each one has advantages and disadvantages according to the way you are planning to use the car.
The first way of dealing with fuel is to return the car with the same amount of fuel as when rented. This is perhaps the easiest way to deal with fuel. However, the negative aspect of this option is that at the moment the vehicle is returned you will have to pay a refueling service charge for the fuel used. The company will charge you an exorbitant price for every lacking gallon. In addition, it is very difficult to refuel near airports (where car rental businesses are often situated) because the army does not allow the installations of gas stations near them.
The second option is generally offered by small companies: not to pay attention to fuel. What we mean? That this option gives you the possibility of returning the car with the amount of fuel you want, but, of course, you will also pick it up without knowing how much fuel the tank contains. Therefore, when you are going to refill the tank for the first time you won’t know how much to purchase and this is pretty inconvenient.
The third one is the less attractive. You pick up the car with a full tank of fuel and you pay the necessary fuel to fill the whole tank. The price of the gallon is an average between various gas stations from the surroundings of the rental location. The negative part of this is that you have already paid for a full tank and, unless you return the car just about to stop because it has run out of fuel, you will have overpaid.
Finally, you will have to pay attention to fueling prices per gallon offered at the different gas stations. The ones which are near the rental companies are usually the most expensive ones. This problem is almost unable to be resolved, because if you choose to fuel far away from the agency at a more competitive price, when you get at the rental company you will have used part of the fuel and you will probably have to pay for it. For this reason, although fueling expense is not included in the final cost, it must be always contemplated and regarded as part of the rate.
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