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Old 04-12-2015, 09:51 PM   #1
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Is there a better way to pay for fuel?

If you have a Freightliner chassis you need to use the truck pumps to fill both tanks. Most of the truck pumps don't have card readers, so you either need to prepay, which means you have to guess at how much fuel you'll need, or they require you to leave your credit card with them - which I don't like to do. I have already had card fraud from doing this. Is there a better way to pay for fuel at truck pumps?
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:57 PM   #2
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With chickens and goats That's how it is all the time here in CA. If the pump doesn't have a card reader you have to go inside, guess how much it will take, go back out and pump, then go back inside to get the change.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:23 PM   #3
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I walk into the store, give them cash for more that I would need, go back out pump fuel then walk back in for change. Not as convienent as a card, but that is choice we conciously made, we are a cash only family and this way I always get the cash price.
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Have you considered something like a Google Card? It's a credit/debit card that you can fund (almost immediately... like 1-2 mins) from your bank account. If you lose it, you can kill it immediately from an app on your phone and you'll see every transaction come across in an email or text message almost immediately. I like using it when we travel or dine out. It's really handy being able to see exactly what your balance is at all times from the phone app.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:17 AM   #5
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Is there a better way to pay for fuel?

All you have to do is tell them an amount higher than you know you need. Your card will only be billed for what you actually use. No need to leave your card. That's not hard. How big are your tanks? Multiple that by the price of fuel and tell them that. Surely u don't wait until your empty so it will be more than you need...
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All you have to do is tell them an amount higher than you know you need. Your card will only be billed for what you actually use. No need to leave your card. That's not hard. How big are your tanks? Multiple that by the price of fuel and tell them that. Surely u don't wait until your empty so it will be more than you need...
That's what I do.
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We go inside if the pump won't take a card. We leave our drivers license , they turn the pump on and we go back inside to complete the transaction. The card is never out of my sight.
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I would never leave cash with a cashier in a truck stop or any other convenience store when refueling. What are you going to do if the cashier says you never left any money or says the amount you left is way less than you actually left?

I like the idea of the credit card or just telling them an amount of fuel that is more than you think you will actually need.

I drove a tour bus for years and was able to use a credit card at virtually every refueling station that I stopped in. Can't recall any of them that didn't have the card readers.
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I would never leave cash with a cashier in a truck stop or any other convenience store when refueling. What are you going to do if the cashier says you never left any money or says the amount you left is way less than you actually left?

Make a big scene, ask for the manager, and call the cops.

I leave cash with clerks all the time. I've never had an issue.
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I would never leave cash with a cashier in a truck stop or any other convenience store when refueling. What are you going to do if the cashier says you never left any money or says the amount you left is way less than you actually left?

I like the idea of the credit card or just telling them an amount of fuel that is more than you think you will actually need.
You sound as if most people are out to steal from you. I have never had this problem, I and I do think most people are honest civil folks. Sure there are some bad ones, but do you think those people have actually taken the time to go get a job in a gas station so they can steal the <$20 change owed after I fuel up.

Plus if a bad seed is there to steal a credit card # is a much bigger score than a couple dollars cash. Plus you will be down the road before its ever figured out.
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