Understanding fuel costs on your monthly invoice

Short answer:

Any fuel borrowers buy for your car will be charged to you on your monthly invoice. You're reimbursed for the fuel borrowers use through the distance income. You may be charged more for fuel than the distance income you receive, because borrowers may purchase more fuel than they use. The extra fuel is now in the tank for you to use, or for another borrower to use and pay for.

An example

A borrower picked up Jan's car with a quarter of a tank. They filled up, then used half a tank of fuel during their trip. At the end of the trip, Jan is left with half a tank.

  1. Jan is charged for all the fuel purchased by the borrower (three-quarters of a tank)
  2. She gets paid for the half-tank of fuel that the borrower used, through the distance income
  3. Jan has paid for three-quarters of a tank, but only been reimbursed for half a tank
  4. But she also has the other half a tank of fuel still in her car - she may use it herself, or the next borrower may use it and pay her for it

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