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08 Jun 2009 00:00 by alysonwenham Star rating in blackpool, england. 83 posts Send private message


I am coming over to Spain for a few days and wondered if anyone knows of a carhire company coming out of Alicante airport that will offer a full out/full back petrol tank, otherwise its going to cost me a lot for a few days hire.

Many thanks


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08 Jun 2009 18:59 by grahamandchris Star rating in Wiltshire. 15 posts Send private message

Hi Alyson

Try centauro. We hired a car from San Javier last week and they operated the system you are looking for. Their website shows Alicante as a pick up point so I guess they will do the same from there.



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08 Jun 2009 19:19 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2413 posts Send private message

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Not necessarily. Try hirecarsinspain and then take a look at doyouspain. When I went out for a long weekend, DYS offered €40 for Fri- Mon and HCIS offered in excess of €90 full/ full. As it was a 4 day hire, DYS also offered ful/ ful, so you can see it is quite a saving. Most companies I believe offer full/ full on rentals of 3 days or less.



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08 Jun 2009 19:20 by alancambs Star rating in Las Kalendas Fortuna. 135 posts Send private message

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We always use Econorent booked through


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08 Jun 2009 22:03 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1599 posts Send private message

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Have to agree with Graham

I am a centauro addict, they are so easy and I did shop around, but found there was very little in price. After the Auriga fiasco I told you about in another thread, never again, always go with centauro. Went for 9 days, full/full. Plus we are now automatic gold card members so have been clocking up points, and am up to 3 day free hire at the moment. Am saving them up until I get a fortnight free


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09 Jun 2009 19:13 by alysonwenham Star rating in blackpool, england. 83 posts Send private message

thank you all for your help, centauro it is!!


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09 Jun 2009 20:45 by Patrick&Christel Star rating. 124 posts Send private message

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09 Jun 2009 20:57 by Redjoemw Star rating in Huercal Overa .... 49 posts Send private message

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Are excellent .... we have used them everytime we have been out to spain with no complaints, the cars are always nice and they offer many options for fuel including the one you are after


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10 Jun 2009 13:02 by friendly Star rating in North Lanarkshire. 125 posts Send private message

I tried to book a 3 day hire for next week with Centauro.  According to their website they had no cars of any type available,so I pre-booked with doyouspain.I received an e-mail from doyouspain to say that the car I booked was not available from their main supplier but they could give me an alternative.  The alternative car was the same one that I had booked but it would cost another 25 euros.

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11 Jun 2009 17:55 by alysonwenham Star rating in blackpool, england. 83 posts Send private message

Same here, Centauro were fully booked, so I went through Expedia and got it at a good price £62 and its full out/full return and its with Alamo so easy to find in Alicante airport.


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11 Jun 2009 18:32 by alancambs Star rating in Las Kalendas Fortuna. 135 posts Send private message

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Just booked car for 2 weeks, full tank return full with Atlaschoice and they were the cheapest....

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11 Jun 2009 18:39 by KellyMaria Star rating. 45 posts Send private message

Hi All,

I know F&C Rentacar have cars and offer 0, 1/2 or Full tank which you bring back empty.

Because of the credit crunch and lot of car hire companies gave cars back to the thats why there is a shortage...but I know F&C have cars.  

website    fcrentacar


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11 Jun 2009 22:16 by westport Star rating in London & Co.Mayo Ire.... 500 posts Send private message

Hi Alyson

I wouldn't touch Centauro with a barge pole. I was charged € 150 for damage to their car. This was complete rubbish. I checked the car over before returning it. They automatically took it off my credit card. After months of complaints they still refused to refund it. I have since found others on my development that this scam happen to them. Maybe that is why they have been booted out of Malaga Airport.


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14 Jun 2009 19:43 by susanjo Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

Hi there Alyson,


I used Centauro last year during my visit to Spain and had no problems at all.

This year I have booked with a company called Holiday Autos and have booked a car with full out/full in fuel policy.  The agent this is linked with is Centauro so I have no concerns at all.


The only query I have is if anyone knows of a petrol station in the local area surrounding San Javier (Murcia) airport so that I can top fuel up before taking back to airport.


Thanks to everyone..S.Billingham

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29 Jul 2009 23:49 by JohnFarley Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

There is a big shortage of cars in Alicante and Malaga this summer so prices are very high. You may be better off getting a taxi.


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30 Mar 2012 17:55 by rufusofgalicia Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

 I found this post when searching spanish car hire fuel information.

I had written my own experiences down to post elsewhere, but it may be of interest and a help.

I live in Javea, near Alicante, and two weeks ago I planned to travel to Galicia just for a weekend and bring back with me my relatives and personal belongings. No doubt I was going to need a wide comfy powerful vehicle, a kind of 5+2 seaters or stationwagon.

My first thought was to fly to Santiago de Compostela, get the rental car at the airport for the weekend, and then drive it to Javea where I would return it.

But to my surprise, one way rentals for only three days or less seem to be really expensive: Picking up the rental car in Santiago and returning it either to Javea or any close location -such as Denia or even Alicante- would mean to pay more than 230€ for only three days rental!

Being a bit disppointed, I went through many message boards looking for some advice regarding this matter and I ended reading the FAQ in Tipoa Car Hire website.

Once I did this, I reconsidered the fact of hiring the car in Javea or nearby and returning it in the same location. But the rental car rates were way too high still and the stationwagon model I was searching for was not available.

Then I decided to search Google for further advice and I saw a number of recommendations, suggesting that renting from an airport might be cheaper and give me a better choice of vehicles. Although I was not going to fly from Valencia airport, I gave it a try by searching again at Tipoa Car Hire.  

So I finally rented a Stationwagon as it was my wish, with zero excess and insurance coverage for a total price of 50€ (15€ of which was my voluntary zero excess cover with Mondial assistance). The confirmation voucher was sent by email a few minutes later.

The information on the booking voucher revealed that the car hire supplier was Centauro, well known Spanish rent a car company that operates the FULL OUT/ EMPTY IN fuel policy. So my initial reaction was thinking that finally the 50€ rate wasn't that good, if I at the end I had to pay the initial tank of fuel at a premium per litre price...

I printed my voucher and once I presented at the Centauro Rent a Car facilities in Manises Polygon (their office is not at the terminal building but they provide their customers with a prompt bus service) the staff behind the desk fully explained to me their fuel policy regarding three or less days car rentals :  for rentals of three or less days duration, they apply the FULL/FULL fuel policy.

Although I still had to pay a deposit for the initial tank of fuel when collecting the car, I was told that I had the chance of returning it with the tank full and that initial amount of money I paid as a deposit for the fuel would be reimbursed.

That was good news! 

A rental car that didn't seem to be the better deal (because the fuel policy I thought they would apply) turned in the perfect rental car for 12€/ day; with zero excess; with tyres, keys and windows insurance.

I must say I wasn't that lucky the time before when I rented a car in Alicante airport with Tipoa also. The provider at that time was SIXT and even when the fuel policy they operates was FULL/FULL, I was not convinced at all of the rental car model they offered me, as it was not exactly what I was expecting to get or wanted.

So I guess the moral of this story is that FULL/EMPTY fuel policy might not be that bad sometimes; and that it is also worthy to consider renting cars from airport locations, as their open longer hours and offer better deals.

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