Here’s hoping nobody else is as stupid as me on this one. I made a bonehead mistake on our way back from Disney World last month.
We usually don’t rent a car but this trip we did. We were staying at Legoland before going to Disney World. Since Legoland is just about an hour away, a rental car was the best option.
The last time we rented a car for a Disney World was a similar situation. I filled up the rental car with gas near our hotel on the grounds of Disney World. The airport is about 20 miles from Disney World.
When I returned the rental car the agent asked me if I had filled up. I answered yes and she asked me for the receipt. No receipt, she’d need to charge me a refill charge. By dumb luck I had the receipt in my backpack. She pointed out that the gas station was too far from the airport and proceeded to charge me a small fortune for a gallon of gas. I honestly don’t remember the amount but I was determined not to make that mistake again.
We had a very early flight home so I didn’t build in a ton of extra time to get gas. But, we did have enough time and I checked to see that there were a couple of gas stations close to Orlando airport (there don’t appear to be any on airport grounds).
I pulled off the highway and drive about half a mile to the closest station. I pulled in, swiped my credit card at the pump and selected regular unleaded gas. As I was starting to pump gas I noticed the pricing for the first time. To be clear, I don’t blame the gas station, though they don’t appear to have a sign showing prices at the side of the road. Maybe that should have been a signal.
The difference in price between regular, mid-grade and premium was 4 cents per gallon. And, that wasn’t the bad part.
Yup, I spent $6/gallon to fill up the tank. It may not have been cheaper to return it to the rental company but I still felt like I got taken for a bit of a ride. I noticed this before the tank was full but after I started filling up. I debated going to another station but didn’t know if pricing would be the same. Just in case you’re in the same situation, here’s what the station looks like.
After filling up and pulling a u-turn to get back to the airport I noticed that the station across the street was much more reasonably priced at $4.50 a gallon. Hah!
Live and learn. Not sure how I’ll skin that particular car if I’m in the same position again. Hopefully, this saves someone else a little bit of pain.
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