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Buying petrol (gas)

Hythe, United...
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16 posts
26 reviews
Buying petrol (gas)

I am British and always have problems at US gas stations. When filling up using a UK credit card at the pump the machine asks for my Zip Code. We don't have these in the UK so I have to go inside to sort it out. I have been asked to leave my card with the cashier before but I don't want to do this for security reasons. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Ricardo (from the UK)

Altamonte Springs...
Destination Expert
for St. Augustine
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19,176 posts
41 reviews
1. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

I'm afraid there is no other way but to pay inside rather than at the pump. If you are really7 worried about credit card security, have another family member stay inside with the card while you pump the gas. Be sure to get a receipt for your purchase.

Limerick, Ireland
Level Contributor
5,027 posts
2. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

use your debit card and when it asks for your zip-code

type in five zeros.

Level Contributor
10,546 posts
39 reviews
3. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Dont leave your card inside alone. Very bad idea.

Don't use a debit at the pump. For security reasons and they will place an authorization or hold ( which everyone seems to dislike) on the debit card account that will take several days to release.

Level Contributor
1,359 posts
3 reviews
4. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Pay cash.

If you need to go inside anyway to hand over your CC then just pay with paper money.

Just give them want you want to put in it, say $40, and the pump cuts off at $40. If the car is full before you reach $40 they give you your change back,easy.

Tampa, Florida
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9,569 posts
5. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Pay with cash ... if you don't know how much gas the car will take you can always go back in and leave more cash.

Worksop, United...
Destination Expert
for Orlando, Walt Disney World, Kissimmee
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10,403 posts
73 reviews
6. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Paper money - the most expensive way to spend. And the most risky! Fee-free credit card every time.

Level Contributor
11,970 posts
2 reviews
7. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Don't want to leave your credit card? Pay cash.

Berkshire, United...
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19,755 posts
61 reviews
8. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

We always pay cash.

newtonhill scotland
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1,751 posts
28 reviews
9. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

Tip . small arrow on fuel gauge shows side ya filler cap is on.

If unsure how much fuel you need ask the assistant, done this in the past and they have been pretty good at guessing amount I require.

Use cash or swipe your card before pumping, never been asked to leave card inside before

10. Re: Buying petrol (gas)

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