Car Hire Fuel Policy

Filed under: Car Hire Agreements — admin @ 8:29 am June 29, 2012

Car rental companies’ fuel policy will often vary by company, location and the duration of the rental so it is important to understand the fuel policy of the rental before you book. When booking with the fuel policy of a particular rental is explained in the Rental Conditions link under Booking Engine Terms and Conditions before you confirm the booking. The most common fuel policies are as follows

Pick Up Full, Return Full

The most common car hire fuel policy is pick up full, return full whereby the rental car comes with a full tank of fuel and should be returned with a full tank of fuel. If the vehicle is not returned full then the rental company will charge locally for fuel often at a much higher price than can be found at a local service station.

It is quite common for rental companies to provide a car with less than a full tank. If this is the case return the car with the same level as at the start of the rental. It is important to always check the fuel level when you first start the vehicle at the beginning of the rental and make sure the fuel gauge agrees with what is on the contract or statement of vehicle condition.

Pick Up Full, Return Empty

Sometimes used on longer duration rentals, the car will have a full tank of fuel at the beginning of the rental and should be returned empty. No money will be refunded if the vehicle is returned with fuel in the tank.

Legal Requirements and Insurance

Sorting out a car for hire on your holiday is taxing in itself. Traditionally fraught with difficulties and issues, and the amount of scams from unethical car hire firms seeming to rise, people are seeking a car hire company that they can trust to give them the best offer for their money.

At, we do just that, and offer an unbiased service based on customer satisfaction and helping people to get the highest quality and best offers for their budgets.

We also want to make our client aware of the other expectations that come with car hire abroad, and insist that our customers are provided with as much information as possible about what, exactly, they will need to know or have in their possession to make the car rental process as easy as possible.

When it comes to the actual driving licence held by the customer, most countries do actually permit national driving licence holders to drive on this licence for as long as three months without quarrel. There are still countries, however, that will require you to have an international driving licence, which can be easily picked up from the AA, or even the Post Office.

In terms of insurance, any insurance policy that you currently have is usually enough to satisfy legal requirements in the EU. Outside of this jurisdiction, however, this can change – although there are many non-EU countries employing the Green Card scheme (this covers the legal minimum for insurance).

Always find out which laws are held in the country you are visiting before departure, so that any essential documents can be easily produced when required and you avoid any issues with your car hire firm.

Paying For Fuel

It is essential that whenever you go through the car hire process, you make sure that you and the company are in full agreement and are crystal clear of the fuel expenses.

There are many options available when it comes to the fuel agreement, and below is a run-down from the experts at of which fuel expense agreements are the cheapest, and which are best left avoided.

If you opt to drive the car from the company’s base with a full tank and return it with a full tank, you are making use of what is most likely the simplest and cheapest option. However, you will still need to be cautious and be one-hundred percent sure that you have returned the tank completely full. If the company feels that more fuel could have been added then not only will you have to pay for the fuel itself, but also the charge for the labour of refuelling – and what may seem like cheap car hire can turn expensive when all is taken into account.

The second common option is to buy a full tank and return the car empty, which initially appears to be the most favourable option available. However, this method actually turns out to be the most expensive in most cases, as the petrol you buy from the care hire firm more often than not turns out to be much more expensive than that bought from any local petrol station. You also will not be refunded for any petrol unused in the tank.

Finally, you could just pay the care hire company only for the fuel that you actually use, which sounds simple enough, but can result in heavy premiums being charged to the customer that can equate as more expensive that filling the tank up yourself.

At, we aim to ensure that anyone considering car hire in Spain, the USA, Australia and many other countries and fully prepared for the commitment, and have the opportunity to compare as many price and companies as possible before making a final decision.