Did you loose focus for one moment, while filling up your car with fuel? Were you dreaming of a relaxing weekend? It is an easy mistake to make, especially the petrol nozzle a the petrol station fits inside the tank filler of your beloved diesel car. If you filled your diesel vehicle with unleaded petrol, you can do some serious and possibly fatal damage to your car. And this can be very expensive to fix.
So what can you do now?
If you are lucky enough to realise during or after filling up that you’ve put the wrong fuel in, don’t start the engine.
Charm another customer or petrol station attendant to assist you to push your car to a safe spot.
Take a deep breathe and call your insurance to check if your mistake is covered. You may want to ask if your insurer includes misfuelling as a standard or maybe you are able to claim a drain-and-refuel under accidental damage covered by your policy. Nevertheless, check your policy’s fine print.
DO NOT START THE ENGINE. This is important – starting the car can cause permanent damage and mean costly repair work
Let the petrol station what’s happened.
Put the car in neutral & have someone help push your car to a safe place.
We recommend to call your insurance to check if mis-fueling is covered by your policy.