Do you check what goes into the fuel tank and are you aware of the damage if the wrong fluid is pumped into your car? As South Africans rush to the petrol pumps ahead of their journeys this festive season motorists are being warned to watch what actually goes into their tanks.
Insurers say filling up petrol in a car that uses diesel for example, could cause damage worth thousands of rands and even blow up the engine if motorists drive on unknowingly.
Marketing Manager at Garagesure Consultants and Acceptances Zey de Lange says not all insurers offer comprehensive cover in such cases. “Sometimes they discover it immediately. The fuel can be de-canned if you want to put it that way. Pumped out of the engine and there is a cleaning process that the injectors go through. That sort of cost implication is smaller than somebody not discovering it immediately and driving with a vehicle. You know on average, we have got claims of R9 500.
Some guys even drive that vehicle further if it does not want to drive, then you blow and seize the engine. There is major cost implications involved in that sort of scenario.”
Meanwhile, Economists have said early indications point towards some relief for hard pressed motorists at fuel pumps in January. KADD Capital economist, Elize Kruger, said recently that a retreat in international oil prices is the main contributor towards the positive outlook for fuel prices at this stage.
She said with just over halfway in the accounting period, there is a 12c/l over-recovery on petrol. On diesel the over-recovey is 10c/l, while on paraffin it is 14c/l.
Kruger said that the over-recovery and possible cut in fuel prices will be welcomed by consumers who faced a tough year with rising inflation and an uptick in unemployment.
[Information appeared on SABCnews.com]