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What is a fuel policy?

It might sound like quite a strange term - fuel policy - but it's certainly important to think about it when renting a car. This is because car rental companies have various plans for the gas or diesel that you put in your car, and not every plan will offer you the best deal. That's why we have summarized the options and their advantages and disadvantages below.

What is a fuel policy?

Most economical fuel policy.

Pick up full, return full

With the full = full principle, you pick up the car with a full tank, and return it at the end of the rental period in the same condition. Before driving off, check that the tank is indeed completely full. What happens if you return the car without completely filling the tank? In this case, the rental company will fill the tank. They will often charge a considerable service fee for this.

Pros and cons

  • You can find an inexpensive gas station yourself.
  • You retain control of the price.
  • Most economical fuel policy.
  • You must refuel just before returning the car.

Fewer economical options

Pick up full, return empty

  • You don't need to refuel before returning the car.
  • Rental companies often charge high fuel costs.
  • You often pay a service fee for the full tank.
  • It's hard to estimate how quickly the tank will be empty.
  • You never return the car with a completely empty tank.

Pick up empty, return empty

  • You can find an inexpensive gas station yourself.
  • You don't need to refuel before returning the car.
  • You must refuel immediately
  • It's hard to estimate how quickly the tank will be empty.
  • You never return the car with a completely empty tank.

Returning the car with the same fuel level

  • You can find an inexpensive gas station yourself.
  • Disagreement can always arise about how full the tank was.
  • It’s difficult to fill the tank to exactly the same level.
  • High fees are often charged for “topping up” the tank.

FAQs

You can read the most frequently asked questions and corresponding answers about the fuel policy of car rental companies below. Can't find an answer to your question? Please contact us and we will be happy to help.
If I must pay the rental company for fuel, do I have to pay by credit card? Yes, you can only pick up the car with a credit card in your name. This is used to pay the deposit, as well as any applicable fuel for the car. What if the rental company I selected has an uneconomical fuel policy? That's a pity. Unfortunately, the rental company determines which fuel policy applies to the car you choose, and we can't do anything about it. You must decide for yourself whether the car is worth the uneconomical policy, or compare it with other cars in our range. I'm renting a car for just three days, which fuel policy offers the best deal? In three days, you probably won't use a full tank of fuel. This means that the full = full policy is most economical, because you only pay for the fuel you actually use. For the other options, you must pay for the gas or diesel remaining in the tank, which is a waste of money. Is there always a gas station close to the pick-up location? Yes, almost always. However, check this carefully beforehand, to avoid unpleasant surprises. This is especially critical if you pick up the car with an empty tank. Aside from the fuel policy, what are the benefits of Worry-Free? We only give the Worry-Free label to the best cars. This means they are covered by the full = full fuel policy, and also that the rental company has a good rating, the deductible is covered and you can drive an unlimited number of miles without extra costs. link.label.read_more_about_worry_free What is EasyTerra? There are so many car rental companies that it can be difficult to know where to start looking. That's why we launched EasyTerra – it's no coincidence that we have “easy” in our name; it's because we make things as easy as possible for you! We do this by comparing all providers based on your preferences. This means you can find the cheapest and best car for your holiday.