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Refuelling your Zipcar

Here to make your journey as smooth as possible and ensure you're not caught short when it comes to refuelling on your journey.
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Refuelling your Zipcar during your booking

Nobody can run on empty - our vehicles are no exception! So always leave at least 1/4 tank. (It’s on us!) This is really important for all journeys but especially for our Roundtrip vehicles as these vehicles are normally used for longer journeys and we need to ensure they are ready for the next member. Remember that topping up is free! If you’re running low during your reservation, use the fuel card at almost all UK petrol stations. Please note that you are not required to refuel if you are driving a Flex vehicle. We also take care of charging our electric vehicles – just be sure to stay in London to avoid running low on battery!



Do I have to pay for fuel in a Zipcar?

Fuel's on us! Every trip includes fuel, plus a mileage of 60 miles/day.  If you go over the 60 miles, there's a per mile charge from just 25p/mile, depending on your vehicle.  If your vehicle is low on fuel, just take it to the most convenient station and top up with the car's fuel card!


How do I use the Zipcar fuel card?

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How do I use the Zipcar fuel card?

When you arrive at the petrol station use your car's fuel card to pay. This can be found in the driver’s side door jamb (between the door frame and the dashboard- see picture on the left). Make sure you check the mileage on the car and also ensure you have the car's number plate. This can be found in your reservation or just take a picture before you head over to pay. Then all you need to do is sign the receipt and you're good to go!

For Roundtrip journeys you must ensure at least 1/4 of a tank in the car or van (if you leave a vehicle with low fuel you may incur fines). If the fuel card is missing in your Zipcar don't worry - just get an itemised VAT receipt and send it to us for reimbursement.

The maximum you can spend on a fuel card is £80, so be careful where you fill up especially if you're at a motorway service station.

What type of fuel can I use?

The fuel type of the vehicle you are in should be clearly labelled on the vehicle, and in the app.  Electric Cars - we charge those, so just make sure you've got plenty of charge for your trip!

For petrol vehicles, please fill up with standard petrol - please do not use premium petrol.  We have a team who regularly service and maintain all our vehicles, so this isn't necessary. 



Which petrol stations can I use?

You can use pretty much any petrol station to fill up - just find your nearest one.  But please avoid Applegreen fuel stations, as they do not accept the fuel cards.  

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