Fuel: who pays for it, and how? Info for car owners re: petrol / diesel / gas costs and payment)


The owner pays for all the fuel that goes into the vehicle, but then you're always reimbursed 25 cents for every kilometre the borrowers drive. If a borrower needs to fill up during their booking, we provide a fuel card in the glovebox of the car for them to use. Any fuel the borrower purchases on the card is charged to you, the owner, on your monthly invoice, but then you're always reimbursed 25 cents for every single kilometre they drive.



The cost of fuel for the average medium car costs between 7c and 11c a kilometre, and the cost of servicing and tyre wear is approximately 6c and 12c a kilometre (source: RACV running costs guide).  So your distance income should more than compensate you for the additional running costs of your car.

If a Borrower needs to refuel, they use the fuel card in the car, that we arrange, and you are billed for any charges to this at the end of each month.



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    E Den Dekker

    Interesting arrangement for letting the owner pay for the fuel. However, what is stopping the customer from using the fuel card to top up their jerry cans? If the fuel card can be only be used by the owner instead of the customer, then that would be ok, trusting the the customer wouldn't be ok. The onus should be on the owner to provide and pay for a full tank, but the customer should not be trusted with a fuel card billable to the owner.

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