Fuel, it's something that most people don't think about when hiring a car. Besides the fact that you will have to fill up along the way most people overlook the charges that come with returning the car with an empty fuel tank.
While all car hire suppliers have different conditions when it comes to fuel it can be a very costly mistake if returned with the wrong amount. Make sure you read the terms and conditions every time you hire a car because the fuel rules will almost always differ, especially if you are travelling to another country. Majority of car hire suppliers advise you to either return the car with a full tank of fuel or the same amount of fuel that was given on collection of the vehicle, others have prepaid options for rentals over a certain period of time. Making sure you check these conditions will save you in the long run.
If you've ever picked up a hire car before you would have noticed the fuel price displayed on the rental counter. What you may not have noticed is this price is usually a lot higher than what you would pay at the petrol station. These prices are always in the local currency so when you get home you could find a nasty fee charged to your credit card. Another thing to remember is that car hire suppliers can sometimes charge administration fees for the time it takes them to sort out the fuel problem, these fees are also quite high and charged in the local currency. To avoid these fees make sure you read and understand the fuel conditions. If in doubt ask the attendant at the rental counter when you pick the car up, they will be able to fully explain the conditions before you leave so you don't wind up getting charged an enormous fee.
If you have any concerns or further questions in regards to refueling charges, give us a call on 1300 656 601 and one of our friendly reservations staff can clarify this for you! Alternatively you can check on our website when booking your next car hire!