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Old 12-21-2013, 03:34 PM
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Location: Northern Minnesota
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You don't understand what prepaying for a tank of gas with a rental car means, do you? Virtually all rental car companies expect you to return a car with a full tank. Most people choose to fill the car up on the way back to the airport.

But if that is too difficult for you, you can pay in advance for a full tank, usually at a significantly higher price than retail. It doesn't matter if you only drive 75 miles. You'll pay for a full tank. It is a waste of money (at least to me). 20 gallons @ $4 gal = $80. I'd rather pay for the gas I used and fill it up when I return the car.
You just can't help yourself, can you? I do understand and it is not difficult for me.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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I live in WA, and when I have to drive to CA I will always make sure to fill my tank just before crossing the border to OR, where self service is not permitted. It just feels a little weird to me not pumping my own gas, not unlike the restroom attendants in Las Vegas. Seriously, I can pump my own gas and take my own dump/urination. I do not need assistance with these tasks.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I live in WA, and when I have to drive to CA I will always make sure to fill my tank just before crossing the border to OR, where self service is not permitted. It just feels a little weird to me not pumping my own gas, not unlike the restroom attendants in Las Vegas. Seriously, I can pump my own gas and take my own dump/urination. I do not need assistance with these tasks.
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I dunno...I can make my own hamburgers or omelettes or coffee, or make my own bed in a motel room, or get food and beverages to my table in a restaurant...but I'm perfectly OK with paying a bit more for someone to do it for me at times.

It's been many many years since someone pumped my gas for me but when I have a 25-gallon tank to fill and it's 20 below with the wind chill, trust me I'd love the full serve option!
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Smart thinking!!
Thank you!
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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What year did self-service start? I can 't even remember the first time I ever pumped my own. l'm thinking it must have been around 1970, when I lived in Canada, and might have pumped my own for the first time on a trip to the US..
Dunno when it started, but in So CA we had self serve in the mid 50's @ $.015 per ga.
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Do you know how to use a rotary phone?

I would be embarrassed to be you. It is pathetic to pay a rental car company ahead of time for gas just to avoid self serve gas.
But you're not embarrassed to be rude and insulting to a total stranger who - for all you know - may be a very nice human being? How odd. See, I would find that far more embarrassing.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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The fact that NJ and later Oregon outlawed self-service gas stations makes no sense to me whatsoever; I've been pumping my own gas here in Los Angeles for well over 40 years!!!

Why the heck did NJ outlaw self-service gas stations in the first place?

That pre-paid gas option at car rental companies is just another way for them to make more revenue; I was working for a rental car agency across the street from LAX when that practice was introduced in the very late eighties, and I've never used it, since self-service prices have always been lower as I discovered throughout the 80s and 90s while travelling to various baseball stadiums across the country, as well as here in LA, where our gas prices are high enough as it is.
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