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Paying for fuel in France

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At the moment we are in Northern France making our way up to Calais to get a ferry to the UK.

After touring for 8 weeks we found that some of the fuel stations were 24/24 where the only way you could pay for fuel was by card if the stations were not open.

Unable to use Barclay Debit or Barclay Credit Card.

Is anyone able to offer advice on which card is best to use to buy fuel when the stations are closed so that we are well prepared next time?

Thank you
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after reading reviews on here applied for one,a few hic ups at first but no problems using it in france.
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Have used both Nationwide Credit Card and Saga Credit Card successfully.

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Any Visa card will do in my experience

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Yup. We have Smile Visa debit cards, and we've had no problem for the past few years (including the automatic pumps).

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Re: Paying for fuel in France

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Hi

At the moment we are in Northern France making our way up to Calais to get a ferry to the UK.

After touring for 8 weeks we found that some of the fuel stations were 24/24 where the only way you could pay for fuel was by card if the stations were not open.

Unable to use Barclay Debit or Barclay Credit Card.

Is anyone able to offer advice on which card is best to use to buy fuel when the stations are closed so that we are well prepared next time?

Thank you
Never had any trouble anywhere in Europe with Mastercard. I always inform them before i travel and tell them where i am going.
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I used Caxton in all sorts of ways. From fuel, food, campsites, and cash. The beauty being I could control how much money was on it and if there was any loss or fraud it was only ever going to be what the card held. Loading is easy and a decent (better thanUK banks) rate of exchange.

Loved it would recommend it.
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Halifax Clarity trumps the Caxton card in my experience (we have both).

Often a automatic pump will pre-authorise an amount of upto say 150 which often takes several days to be returned to your account and the actual amount debited - leaving the difference untouchable. We use automated pumps all over Europe - no issue.

Halifax's exchange rate has always been better then the days prevailing rate and over the last couple of weeks a good few points better than Caxton. Furthermore all purchases are fully insured and you have 2 weeks to check your bill online before the funds are debited from your current account. Also you don't have to worry about having adequate funds available to make a purchase in an emergency and should it be used fraudulently it is fully insured.

If you stray out of the eurozone as we have a Caxton euro card loses its viability and the global card doesn't appear to have as competitive an exchange rate.

'Downside' is the charge for cash withdrawls - 12.9% a year or circa 1% a month (1 on a 100) however this is pro-rata so if you withdraw cash a few days before your statement date you pay only 0.5%.

If you have a Halifax Current account (free to setup) you also get a 5/mth bonus if you spend over 300 on the card - more than offsetting any cash withdrawls upto 500.
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Re: Paying for fuel in France

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Hi

At the moment we are in Northern France making our way up to Calais to get a ferry to the UK.

After touring for 8 weeks we found that some of the fuel stations were 24/24 where the only way you could pay for fuel was by card if the stations were not open.

Unable to use Barclay Debit or Barclay Credit Card.

Is anyone able to offer advice on which card is best to use to buy fuel when the stations are closed so that we are well prepared next time?

Thank you
Similar problem for us in Northern France a couple of days ago.

Went into a 24/7 unattended E.Leclerc filling station where fuel was a good 1.26.2 per litre. Faffed around for almost fifteen minutes trying various cards and trying to summon somebody on the intercom.

Then Sue spotted a small sign - 'French bank cards only' !!!

Not much we could do but curse, and move on to another filling station. Managed to get the same price for the fuel, but paid a cashier.
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Maybe those who have used a Caxton Card to pay for their fuel can help out here.

In the T&C's it says that if you use it for an automated purchase like fuel then the machine debits 100 (or there abouts) from the card before you get the fuel. If your fuel is only 60 it can take up to four weeks to get the difference refunded to your card. Is that the case? We have a Caxton Card but never used it for fuel because of that reason. We only used cash. Buying fuel in France is a headache.

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