New E10 fuel changes could cause ‘long term damage’ to classic petrol cars

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Experts at LeaseCar have warned drivers “won’t have to get the car drained out” if they accidentally use the new petrol. However, drivers of classic cars have been warned to “take care and pay attention” due to the risks involved.

Tim Alcock, spokesperson for LeaseCar said drivers should not worry if they “accidentally” put E10 in their incompatible vehicle.

But he has urged drivers to top-up with the correct compound as soon as they can to minimise the effects.

He said: “Drivers should also take care when filling up their cars to avoid putting in the wrong petrol.

“If you do accidentally put E10 in your car which is only compatible with E5, don’t worry too much.

“Just wait until there is room to add more petrol in and fill it with the correct one.

“This isn’t as bad as filling a petrol car with diesel.

“You won’t have to get the car drained out but you should still take care and pay attention to what you are filling your car up with because it can cause long term damage.”

His comments come after hundreds of drivers have admitted to being left confused by the new changes.

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A new survey by the RAC found a quarter of road users were completely unaware the new fuel was being launched.

A further 27 percent said they are yet to check whether their car is compatible with the new petrol.

Similarly, 49 percent admitted to classic car specialists at Hagerty that they did not even know how to check if their car was safe to use the new fuel.

Despite this, 78 percent of the 699 drivers surveyed said they had concerns over the risk involved with E10.

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