Netherlands Car Rental Fuel Policy

Car Rental Fuel Policy in the Netherlands.....

So you’re headed off to Amsterdam? Of course, I’m sure you’re going to check out the beautiful countryside that the Netherlands has to offer. No one would visit just to window shop at De Wallen and smoke out at one of Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops. All sarcasm aside, whether you’re looking to simply get around the capital city or explore all that the Netherlands has to offer within its borders, you’re going to need a rental car. Being one of the freest countries in the world, car rental agencies will give you a plethora of options to choose from, including not only the vehicle you wish to drive but also the fuel policy you choose to go along with your vehicle.

There are basically two distinct fuel policies to choose from; Full/Full and Full/Empty. You may be approached with the possibilities of Half/Half and other similarly named policies, but for the most part these all follow the same stipulations as the Full/Full policy with just a different spot of fuel measurement. The Full/Full policy will likely be the policy that your car rental company will standardize while offering the opportunity to go with the Full/Empty policy, but, while it may sound better on the surface, the Full/Full policy is always the way to go.

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How It Works.....

The Full/Full policy starts you off with a full tank of gas for no additional fees whatsoever. After you sign the car’s rental agreement and drive it off the lot, you will be required to bring the car back with a full tank of gas or suffer financial penalties. These financial penalties can include the simple cost of paying to fill the tank back up to full, paying for a full tank regardless of how much fuel you came back with, and/or paying an additional fill-up fee to pay the employee who will end up filling the car’s tank back up for you.

The Full/Empty policy entices people by taking away the possibility of facing any of these penalties. While you still start with a full tank, you’ll be allowed to bring the car back as close to ‘E’ as you can possibly get it and you won’t have to pay a single dime. However, instead of starting out with a free tank of gas, you have to pay for the initial tank your rental car comes with. You won’t be paying the typical petrol prices in the region either. You’ll end up paying the inflated car rental fuel prices which will likely cost you more than the petrol station right across the street. Additionally, you’ll end up risking yourself in more obvious ways than one by trying to drive the car back on fumes.


How to Check Your Car Rental Policy....., a car rental site you’re probably quite familiar with at this point, allows you to easily check out the fuel policy your rental car comes with. Once you’ve chosen a destination, rental time period, price range, and gotten a list of rental cars available in the area, you can check each car’s individual fuel policy by clicking the “rate details” button/link. You can also use’s system to find out the company you’re going to be renting your car from and call to possibly have your fuel policy changed. Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight will save you money.

Decisions, Decisions.....

In the end, the choice is yours. There are a ton of car rental companies to choose from throughout the Netherlands. Finding a car rental company with the fuel policy you desire is a fairly easy goal to accomplish. All you have to do is ask a few clarifying questions and make sure you read over your agreement carefully. Will it eat up a bit of vacation time if you find yourself having to do this research last minute? Yes, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Before I let you go, I want to leave you with one final tip. Check your car’s fuel gauge before driving it off the lot. If it isn’t full, make the car rental company fill it up. Don’t let them get away with the upper-hand right off the bat.

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