Does It Make Sense To Rent Flex-Fuel Cars?

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I rented a flexible fuel vehicle on a trip recently. It was a Dodge Journey that I had selected mostly because it was the biggest vehicle on National’s Executive Aisle at the time. And bigger is frankly much better when I’m traveling with my wife and three kids. I didn’t notice that it was a flex-fuel vehicle, much less that it was a brand new flex-fuel vehicle, until we were just off the lot and the odometer rolled from 3 to 4 miles. I just don’t pay that much attention to such things I guess.

The rental was fine and we did enjoy the new car smell for a change.

As we were driving back to the Detroit Airport to return the car, I grumbled to my wife that I had forgotten to fill it up a few exits back. I knew from experience – my wife’s family is from Michigan so we get back there a lot — that the station nearest the car rental return (a BP) is always like a buck higher than anywhere else. It’s irritating. Using Waze, she quickly determined that there was a Speedway just around the corner where gas was $2.99 instead of $3.79 per gallon. We had a few extra minutes, so we headed over there instead.