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Help, I've Put Diesel in a Petrol Car

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Help, I've Put Diesel in a Petrol Car

Melanie Kamdar
November 3, 2013

It's a common problem, probably more common than you think. Across the UK people misfuel (put the wrong fuel in their engine) every day. The all too common error of putting diesel in a petrol car is one that affects many people all over the UK and statistics show that it is only continuing to grow in occurrence.

After putting diesel in a petrol car, the next steps that you take can be crucial. Your vehicle is obviously one of the most expensive things you will ever own and as a result it is vitally important to you and this often daunting situation can leave you left with a lot of questions as to what is the next best course of action.

On the petrol forecourt, at work or by the side of the road, to avoid causing further damage to your engine from driving, you need an expert, reputable fuel draining and replacement service to get you on your way as quickly as possible.

A competent fuel drain down company will go above and beyond to guarantee complete customer satisfaction and ensure that your vehicle is damaged as little as possible by this very simple mistake. They should be absolutely committed to offering great value to all of their customers, providing a high quality service that is fast and cost-effective.

Before choosing the fuel drain company to save you on the petrol forecourt, it is important to ensure that they are fully licensed and hold an ISO accreditation. Make sure you ask and if you aren't sure or, you don't feel you can 100% trust them, try another company. Remember, if a company is reputable it won't have a reason to act cagey when you ask them to demonstrate their credentials. In fact, those companies that hold ISO accreditation very often shout with pride that they have accomplished this prestigious recognition of the way they work.

Some fuel drain companies offer services covering everything from cars and vans to motorbikes. Depending on what sort of vehicle you have put the wrong fuel in, it's wise to choose a rescue company that specialises in either all vehicles or, your particular type to drain the incorrect fuel (diesel), flush your tank thoroughly to ensure the incorrect fuel is fully removed and put in fresh fuel (petrol).

One other thing to check is that the company you choose abides by all the legislation and Environmental Agency guidelines for the safe and efficient disposal of the drained fuel, following the recycling route. If they don't they may sell the fuel from your tank illegally or, discard it into the local rivers or down the drain which can have disastrous consequences for the local environment.

Before the panic has a chance to set in when you have misfuelled, contact Fuel Rescue at 01827 282 336 or visit http://www.fuelrescue.co.uk for all the advice and support you need to get you back behind the wheel again.

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