Always Pump Your Own Gas
If you don’t refill the tank, you’re going to pay as much as three times per gallon for whatever is missing. But Goldman says it’s not just enough to fill it up anymore. “Some agencies, if you decline their refill option, will make you provide a receipt that shows you got the gas within five miles of the drop-off.” While they should tell you this rule upfront, they may not, so always get a receipt when you’re topping off your tank.
Some companies are now offering a “lock in cheap gas now” price. Essentially, you pay upfront for a full tank of gas, priced just a few cents above street value. The idea is that you won’t have to hit the gas station before returning the car, and, if gas magically goes up 20 cents per gallon tomorrow, you’ll save money on the deal. The problem is that in most cases, your only option is to buy a full tank. And the chances of returning a car exactly on empty are slim.
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