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    • darkovo
    • By darkovo 1st Oct 17, 10:55 AM
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    Car end of lease - how much fuel to leave in tank?
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    • 1st Oct 17, 10:55 AM
    Car end of lease - how much fuel to leave in tank? 1st Oct 17 at 10:55 AM
    Hi,
    My 1st car lease coming to the end of the 2 years and handing it back soon.
    I can't see anywhere in the documentation of how much fuel we need to leave in the tank, presuming only need to leave a small amount in there so they can fill it up themselves?
    What do other people do?
    Thanks
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    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 1st Oct 17, 11:00 AM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 11:00 AM
    Hi,
    My 1st car lease coming to the end of the 2 years and handing it back soon.
    I can't see anywhere in the documentation of how much fuel we need to leave in the tank, presuming only need to leave a small amount in there so they can fill it up themselves?
    What do other people do?
    Thanks
    Originally posted by darkovo
    If i'm selling a car i aim to not have the fuel light on, as a minimum.

    I'd probably do the same if it was a lease or PCP return.
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • loskie
    • By loskie 1st Oct 17, 11:22 AM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 11:22 AM
    do the decent thing leave at least 50 miles or so in. My lease car arrived on a trailer (this was a cheap astra lease) to SW Scotland from Stoke. With 5 miles and a full tank. Trailer and fuel were totally unexpected. When it went back there was around £12 of petrol left in. The lady that came to collect it seemed pleasantly surprised.
    Treat people as you would wish to be treated yourself.
    If I was collecting a car and the fuel light was on, it was dirty etc etc I would be less lenient with the damage report.
    • George Michael
    • By George Michael 1st Oct 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 12:18 PM
    At a conservative guess, a two year lease probably cost in the region of £5000+ so even if you put in a couple of gallons of fuel before returning it, something which would cost around about £10, this is a tiny fraction of the money already spent on that vehicle.
    • darkovo
    • By darkovo 1st Oct 17, 1:19 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 1:19 PM
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    Thanks for the replies, I think we've covered every angle

    Ethics aren't my main concern when it comes to cold hard cash.

    I'll give them a call and see what they expect.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 1st Oct 17, 2:22 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 2:22 PM
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    Thanks for the replies, I think we've covered every angle

    Ethics aren't my main concern when it comes to cold hard cash.

    I'll give them a call and see what they expect.
    Originally posted by darkovo
    I'm curious as to why, given you've had a unanimous "leave a couple of gallons in it" outcome, why you asked in the first place, given you're going to ring them and ask them anyway?
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 1st Oct 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 2:56 PM
    Well, if cold hard cash is your only consideration siphon out the fuel so that the tank is empty then put enough back in to get the car to the nearest filling station.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 1st Oct 17, 3:13 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:13 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:13 PM
    I'd leave next to nothing in it. Any fuel you leave is likely to end up being used by the company anyway using it as a runaround. I don't think they expect to get them back with fuel in.
    • boliston
    • By boliston 1st Oct 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:19 PM
    when i handed back a lease car i told the guy collecting it there was a petrol station about a hundred yards up the road and apologised there was not much fuel in it - he just said he has a fuel card so never pays for fuel himself
    • darkovo
    • By darkovo 1st Oct 17, 3:56 PM
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    I'm curious as to why, given you've had a unanimous "leave a couple of gallons in it" outcome, why you asked in the first place, given you're going to ring them and ask them anyway?
    Originally posted by motorguy
    Ha!
    I've never done a lease before and wasn't sure what people normally did, hence the question.
    And so after differing replies I may as well call them to get an answer from the horses mouth, even though they may be biased to say leave quite a bit in?

    I've had rentals before where you collect with a full tank and they expect to receive it back with a full tank, but thats a different scenario.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 1st Oct 17, 5:24 PM
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    It'll sit on a forecourt and sell with an almost empty tank. I'd give them enough to drive it away if the contract says otherwise.
    How much did it arrive with?
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 1st Oct 17, 6:07 PM
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    Ha!
    I've never done a lease before and wasn't sure what people normally did, hence the question.
    And so after differing replies I may as well call them to get an answer from the horses mouth, even though they may be biased to say leave quite a bit in?

    I've had rentals before where you collect with a full tank and they expect to receive it back with a full tank, but thats a different scenario.
    Originally posted by darkovo
    Well that would be my thinking - they'll say "make sure its half full / full" or whatever tickles their fancy.

    I'd say get the low fuel warning light out and they'll be happy enough.
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • Penelopa.Pitstop
    • By Penelopa.Pitstop 3rd Oct 17, 7:29 PM
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    I usually leave quarter of the tank, but with last car I left half a tank. I wanted to get stats for last fuelling, so bought full tank and then used a half of it. I'm sure I won't go bankrupt spending £35 on petrol.

    My new leased car came with quarter of the tank of fuel. I went straight to petrol station.

    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 3rd Oct 17, 7:34 PM
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    How much was in the tank when you first took delivery? Base your answer to your own question, upon that.

    More important is this tip: take a date-stamped photo of the mileage when they pick it up. If you can, let them see you doing that. There is a very good reason for this advice, based on the experience of a mate who leased.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

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