It's spring break time, and plenty of people are planning trips — and renting cars.
And that brings many questions: Do you want to prepay your fuel? What are all those mysterious fees? Should you pay for extra insurance?
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To address prepaying for fuel, TODAY national investigative Jeff Rossen and two members of the Rossen Reports team rented the same make and model car (a 2016 Toyota Camry SE) from the same place before driving to the Grand Canyon, but paid three different ways. Jovanna Billington prepaid at the counter; Rossen did not prepay, and filled the tank just before returning the car at the end of the trip; and Josh Davis didn't prepay and didn't fill up the car before returning.
After they all drove the same distance — two hours to the Grand Canyon and two hours back — Davis paid the most for gas: $59.22. Billington was charged $41.65 for the entire tank, even though she used only about half. The money-saving winner was Rossen: $16.74. "So the moral of the story is, unless you're going to drip that tank empty, fill it up yourself," Rossen said.