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Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

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Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

Just curious, so as not to look too American when we arrive in Germany. What can we expect the gasoline pumps to say?

The German words for Cash? and Credit? is there anything else we should know about filling up the tank (other than it will be expensive!)

Also, what are the names of the commonly used petro stations?

Thank you!

Can't wait to get there!

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1. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

Gas stations: Aral, Shell, Esso, Total and some lesser or unbranded names.

Generally, you will find that you can't use an American credit card at the gas pump but have to go to the office to pay.

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2. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

PS: In the office, you can pay with your credit card..

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3. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

Make sure to select the correct fuel type at the pump for your car, or it may need an expensive repair job:

Black nozzle = Diesel

Green nozzle = Petrol/Gasoline ("Benzin" in German).

There's only one grade of diesel, and usually three grades of petrol/gasoline.

Generally, on a petrol/gasoline-powered car, a sticker on the inside of the fuel flap says what is the appropriate grade of fuel to use: 91, 95 or 98 ROZ, which are usually labelled "Benzin" (the cheapest), "Super" and "Super Plus" (the dearest).

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4. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

Also, the pumps are numbered. You will want to note the number of your pump and tell the cashier when you go in to pay. Just say "Number 12" or whatever in English - they probably won't even bat an eye.

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5. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

Standard are gas stations with a more or less small shop where you pay at the cashier. You first fill up and have only to pay afterwards. Paying by credit card is no problem at these gas stations.

Diesel is Diesel

Than there is "Super" (95 ROZ) and "Super Plus" (98 ROZ). The latter has sometimes different names like "Shell V-Power" (100 ROZ).

Benzin has been taken recently from the market. Most stations have still pumps labeled Benzin - buy you'll get "Super". There are still the price displays with Benzin - but they show the same price like "Super".

There are also a few fully automated stations without a shop or where you can use automates to pay if the shop is closed. This does not work in most cases even with German credit cards (only other card types). Even less with credit cards from abroad.

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6. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

If you are going across the border into Austria anyway, fill up in Austria and save a little bit.

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7. Re: Cash or Credit at the Gas Pumps?

>Generally, you will find that you can't use an American credit card at the gas pump but have to go to the office to pay.

You cannot use any credit card - or in fact anything else - to pay at the pump, as the only place you can pay for gasoline is, in most gas stations, at the till.

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