Thousands put wrong fuel in tanks'
Halfords Autocentres have issued a survey saying up to 300,000 vehicles get the wrong fuel put in their tanks annually, but only half of the owners can claim the cost back on insurance.
Diesel and petrol are being confused with each other more than ever as many drivers change from using petrol to diesel which is more economic. Industry experts said part of this increasing problem could be explained by diesel car sales reaching record highs.
The result is a weighty bill for owners trying to make their cars roadworthy again - at a cost ranging from £500 to £3,000.
The survey revealed that over the last year a driver has put the wrong fuel in their vehicle about once every one minute and 45 seconds, 53% of such incidents happening with cars under four years old.
Industry experts said part of this increasing problem could be explained by diesel car sales reaching record highs.
The error of mixing fuels is very easy to make because the pump's unleaded nozzle fits into the filler neck of a diesel vehicle easily, said Paul McClenaghan from Halfords.
He said just a brief distraction or concentration lapse was needed for costly results.
published: 09/11/2012 17:00:00