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What Happens If I Get Diesel Fuel by Mistake?

By May 2, 2017May 21st, 2020Insurance
Fuel from a gas station damaged my engine who pays for the damage? 
What are the signs of diesel fuel in a gas engine?

  • Engine misfire
  • Sputtering
  • Stalling

What are the signs of gas fuel in a diesel engine?

  • Sluggish performance
  • Engine stops running
  • catalytic convertor overheating

Gas pumps for gas and diesel are different sizes and colors, however if the gas delivery tanker delivers fuel to the wrong underground storage tank you won’t know you’re getting the wrong fuel!
If the wrong type of fuel is added to your tank and you notice right away (at gas station) don’t operate the vehicle, notify the gas station, get the complete name of the person that you report the incident to, ask for a receipt for your purchase and try to get the name of their insurance company or agent then:

  • Have the vehicle towed to a mechanic
  • Contact the gas station insurance company or agent to submit a claim for the damage to your vehicle as well as any other expenses such as towing, rental while your vehicle is in the shop.

Getting a receipt is critical if you paid cash for the gas to document you purchased gas at the station. 
 Bad gas from a gas station usually results in many claims so the insurance company may be aware the station sold bad gas, however you still need to prove your claim, having a receipt will be key in recovering your damages from the gas station
Whenever you pay cash for gas, always get a receipt – it could save you thousands of dollars in engine repairs if you get the wrong type or bad fuel.