Important facts described briefly below:
To save you the trouble of having to pay additional fees, it is important to pay attention to fuel tank regulations for rental cars. Known as the best fuel regulation is the "Fair fuel policy". This means you need to return the car with the same amount of fuel or more that was in it when you picked it up, e.g. you get the car half full - you need to drop off the car half full or more. Left fuel is not refundable.
Why is fair fuel policy the cheapest car rental fuel regulation?
Depending on which fuel regulation you choose for your rental car, service charges may apply at the end of the rental period. If you choose the “Fair fuel policy”, you will usually receive the vehicle with a full tank when you pick it up. You must, then, return the rental car with a full tank of fuel. With this option, you have maximum control over the costs and can even choose the cheapest possible filling station near the drop off station. This fuel policy allows you to only pay for the fuel that you actually use.
How to book the “Fair fuel policy”?
To only view car rental offers including the fair fuel policy, simply click on the field, "Fair fuel policy" in the “Popular filters": As soon as you have ticked the box, the page will be updated and you will receive the desired offers.
Rental car fuel regulation: What does "fair" really mean?
You only have to fill up the car’s gas tank to the level it was when you received the vehicle. For example, if you receive a vehicle whose tank is only three-quarters full, the tank only needs to be refueled back up to three-quarters full. This is a fair refueling regulation, which ensures that you only pay for the fuel that you use.
Normally, the fuel level is noted in the rental agreement. Also, it is advisable to photograph the fuel level again before your departure so that there are no doubts or misunderstandings when you hand in the vehicle. It is definitely worth checking the fuel gauge and comparing it with the data in the rental agreement. If you notice any discrepancies, please inform the supplier immediately.
Why can the rental car fuel regulation full/empty be to your disadvantage?
Picking up the car full and returning it empty may sound like an advantageous rental car fuel regulation. If you think about it carefully, you will quickly notice various disadvantages: First of all, in many cases, this regulation involves a so-called service fee for the subsequent refueling by the supplier, which can be relatively high. Besides, it is difficult to calculate exactly how much fuel you will use.
Therefore, if you do not return the car or tank completely empty, you have given away petrol and money. Only choose this option if you can guarantee that you will use up all the fuel in the tank. This is the only way you can save money with this rental car fuel regulation.
Is the rental price with the rental car fair fuel regulation more expensive than the fuel regulation full/empty?
The rental price with the fair fuel regulation is usually higher than with the full/empty policy. However, the service fee for the full/empty version is often much higher. Besides, you normally do not get your money back for the gas that is still in the tank when you return the vehicle. With the full/empty option, you may end up paying more. Only in special cases can the full/empty regulation lead to a more favorable result.