We all know that gas prices are high, but no one would ever pay $9 a gallon, right? Actually some people do, according to a recent story from USA Today. The newspaper surveyed rental car companies at major airports to find the price they were charging customers who returned a car without a full tank. Some of the results are pretty shocking, with a few companies charging as much as $9.29 a gallon. If you consider that some larger vehicles and SUVs can easily hold 20 gallons or more in the tank, you could be looking at a charge of more than $200 just for gas. While Hertz and Avis had some of the highest prices, Enterprise, Alamo and National (which are all owned by the same parent company) were among the cheapest, although still far from a bargain at around $6 per gallon.
That underscores the importance of filling up the tank yourself. You can also pre-pay for a tank of gas, but generally that’s not the best move either unless you return the car with the fuel gauge on empty. So next time you rent a car at RentACarNow.com make sure you fill it up before returning it.