February 6, 2008

GPS Tip: Returning the Rental Car with a Full Tank

How many times have you been burned by the surcharge on the rental car for returning the thing without a full tank? Yea, the re-fueling charges can get really expensive; I know that I have been caught with a $50 bill for filling the half full tank on a small rental car. You have a GPS, don't get caught paying these fees.

When navigating back to your rental car lot or airport, you can use your TomTom or Garmin to navigate to a gas station "Near Destination", or "Along the Route". Here are some basic instructions for most models:

  • TomTom - While navigating to your destination (airport or car rental return), "Navigate To", "POI", "Near Destination" then tap on Gas Station, which will bring up a list of gas stations with mileage counts away from the destination.

  • Garmin - While navigating to your destination (airport or car rental return), tap "Where To?," then "POI", then "Change Reference", and tap on near destination, then navigate to the Gas Station POI. It will also give you results that will offer you the distance from the destination.

    So, not only can your GPS save you money driving around on a daily basis, it can also save you a lot when you are looking for that final gas station before returning that rental car.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at February 6, 2008 7:16 AM
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    I know soon to be on the TomTom 920 (as well as possibly other devices with traffic like the 720) you will not only be able to see where the nearest gas station on your route home is, but also which is the cheapest. You will be able to see the price difference between different stations.

    Posted by: George at February 7, 2008 4:04 PM
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