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What is a car hire fuel policy

19.08.2014,

Everybody knows that when it comes to renting a car, there is much more to it than just picking the perfect car type, the best price or your favorite car hire agency. The fact is that beside the price of the actual rental there is, or can be, a list of additional services or charges that may well not be included in the initial price. It does not matter whether you chose your car hire directly at the agency or you book it online through a broker company, such as Vehicle-Rent.

One thing is sure, renting car is not an everyday trip to the shop around the corner. Reading carefully the Terms and Conditions will provide you with a clear insight what you price includes or does not. Beware, even if you rented car many times this is not a guarantee that you will always receive the same service you expect. Each company works under their proper terms and they have every right to do so. Options like fuel, additional insurances, taxes, baby seats - their price and availability can differ from one to other car hire agency. Fuel policy is one very important subject when renting a car. There are many different types of fuel service possibilities and the prices can vary from each company, country and type of vehicle. To provide yourself with the best possible solution you have to take in consideration several things. Firstly, you might want to make sure is whether your car is diesel or gas. Of course, usually it is not possible to guarantee a certain type of engine, whereas if diesel model is guaranteed the price jumps up considerably. So if you absolutely demand a diesel you must accept that you will pay even double than a non-guaranteed type of fuel. Next it's the type of service you receive. With some car rental you have the usual full-to-full service where you return the car with a full tank of fuel as you were given. This is the most optimal solution for it does not add any further charges to your rental. But there's a catch! In case you do not manage to return the tank full as agreed you will pay an additional fee and this is certainly unwanted. So if you are certain you can return the vehicle with full tank you're on the safe side, but for those who lack organization skills perhaps prepaid fuel is a better option. This means that you pay at the pick for the full tank and you get to return the car as you please and have no worries what so ever for your drop off. We can imagine finding a gas station just before taking off can sometimes be an unnecessary delay. And even if this service appears more expensive, you should take in consideration that for rental companies this too evokes additional work, charges and logistic work. Another option is getting the car full and returning it empty. The car rental company will charge you for the full tank and you should return it empty. The issue here is that the price of course differs from the normal price you would have to pay at the gas station. Lastly, quite seldom you get a full tank of fuel already included in the price and you can return it as you like – empty if you like. This option is of course the most affordable but majority of car rentals agencies does not offer this kind of friendly service. The rental companies have the right to impose their own fuel policy which sometimes does not seem most fair or cheapest option, but nevertheless it is their own choice and should you not like it you can always rent elsewhere. Though generally, full-to-full policy seams the most reasonable just, it can be convenient to get the prepaid tank and with certain companies you even get reimbursed if there is any gas left. Basically, whichever option you chose make sure you read the terms of the agency thoroughly as to avoid any further charges and the right infromation looking into the car hire offer, Vehicle-Rent presents the fuel policy type already at the very beggining of the offer display.

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