A simple fuel mistake drivers may make could see their car insurance premium invalidated and see them fork out thousands on repairs.
If you put the wrong type of fuel in your car then you could have your insurance policy invalidated as well as having to pay out to repair it.
Figures released earlier this year revealed that around 150,000 motorists are making this error annually.
Motorists may not be aware that they won’t be covered by their insurance for making such an error.
Matt Oliver, from GoCompare Car Insurance, said to Express.co.uk: “Misfuelling can be an easier mistake to make than you think.
“If you’ve recently changed cars, borrowed your partner’s car or drive more than one vehicle, a lapse in concentration when at the pump is all it takes to leave you and your wallet spluttering.
“With misfuelling becoming an increasing mishap for motorists, it can be easy to assume you’ll automatically be covered by your car insurance and/or breakdown policies.
“It’s important you check each policy for specific details of what you’re covered for.
“If your comprehensive policy excludes misfuelling, there are also options to purchase a specialist, standalone policy.”
Rectifying such a mistake could cost motorists anywhere between £500 and £3,000.
Similarly, if the fuel mistake is not being dealt with properly then it could lead to even bigger consequences.
If you turn on the engine after refuelling then it could be pricier to repair as the fuel would circulate around the car and get into different areas.
Matt Oliver continued, “If you have made the error of misfuelling, a couple of automatic reactions could actually invalidate your policy and any claim you make.
“Simply unlocking your car or turning the key in the ignition could engage fuel to the car’s engine and potentially cause thousands of pounds worth of damage, while driving your misfuelled car any distance, is considered intentional damage.
“It’s important to stop in your tracks, and call for assistance away from the forecourt.
“If you haven’t started the engine, draining and cleaning the tank of the wrong fuel should help fix the problem without damaging your car.”
One method in which motorists can adopt to stop them refuelling the car incorrectly is by leaving labels on the fuel tank or in the car.
Similarly, you could buy a diesel neck filler for their cars which prevents the wrong fuel being put in your car.
Daily Express :: Cars Feed