Originally Posted by BCDave
I sorta suspect that each outlet is a business, that pays a set fee to the holder of the franchise name. As such, you cannot expect a Wal-Mart in California to give you a tank after you left yours off at the Lowes in Kansas. Not the same company!
I figured it was a long shot, but man that would be useful. They get to keep my money and can let someone else use my tank, I don't have to mess with it until I need it. Win, win, WIN! All they have to do is set up a database to keep track of the accounts. They may be separate resellers, but I'd guess the overall company does keep track of the tank testing, refurbishing and such. I'd guess there is a decent amount of centralized infrastructure with each of the major brands.
I bet it could be done, it's just that only 0.1% of the customers have ever wanted it. Now that said, I'd bet at least 0.3% would use that service at some point if offered it!!