E10 fuel changes: Drivers may ‘not be covered’ by car insurance after petrol damage

E10 fuel changes: Drivers may ‘not be covered’ by car insurance after petrol damage

Experts at AXA said drivers “won’t need to make a claim” after one accidental E10 petrol fill-up. However, they warned continued use could “cause damage to your engine” and affect car insurnace policies.

They warn repeatedly making the same mistake and using E10 fuel will likely not be covered by insurance contracts meaning drivers will have to splash out for repairs.

AXA said: “If you do happen to use E10 by mistake you can use it but you should refuel with E5 next time.

“You won’t need to make a claim on your insurance as there is no need to drain and flush the engine or tank.

“But, if you keep on using E10 fuel in a car that’s only suitable for E5, and the continued use causes damage to your engine, you will not be covered.”

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Analysis from Defaqto in 2018 found out of 300 car insurance policies, 240 exclude cover for putting the wrong fuel in their car.

They said the insurance providers which did offer cover did so under “accidental damage”.

However, they warn motorists will likely need to pay an excess fee or will likely lose their no claims discount.

They warn a small number of firms, around eight percent, do offer misfuelling cover as an “add-in” option.

However, Which? warns this extra level of cover would come at an additional fee.

According to Hagerty, tests from the Department for Transport have identified a range of problems for incompatible vehicles.

They warn regular use of E10 fuel could lead to damage of key parts including the fuel seals and fuel hoses.

The tests also identified blocked fuel filters, damaged fuel pumps and corroded carburettors.

The analysis also found E10 petrol led to corrosion of the vehicle’s fuel tanks.

New E10 fuel was introduced at petrol stations earlier this month in a bid to cut vehicle emissions.

The new fuel is expected to cut 750,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the same as removing 350,000 cars off the road.

The RAC has previously warned around 600,000 cars are incompatible with the new petrol.

Published at Sat, 25 Sep 2021 03:01:00 +0000