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If garage accidentally puts petrol in diesel car who pays and what parts do mechanics replace?

If i was clear to the attendant and the cap os written DIESEL. Do agents replace engine if not, which parts get replaced?

I stopped her just as she was about to pour. Im not sure if a few drops went in and how it will affect the car. Im still on a full tank so ill wait, drive around a bit and see if it'll cause problems.
36 mths ago - -54 min left to vote.

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If you clearly asked the attendant what you required and he made the mistake, then the owner of the Garage will have to compensate you......

36 mths ago

Ouch !! Hopefully you spotted the problem immediately and got some sort of witness.

36 mths ago

In a perfect world they would obviously be responsible for replacing damage caused but they always manage to squirm out of it because at the end of the day you must be alert and pay attention to what they are doing to your vehicle.

36 mths ago

Most garages have a sign up somewhere informing motorists to ensure that the correct fuel is been pumped in and to check petrol and water caps as they cannot be held responsible for any incorrect actions .

36 mths ago

I can assure you that the garage owner shall not make himself liable for your costs due the wrong fuel being put into your car. A valuable lesson I learn't is get out the car and be alert as to what the petrol jockey is doing.

36 mths ago

It's always the owner's responsibility to ensure that the correct fuel is put in their vehicles. So if such an accident occurs, the owner of the car is responsible for any repairs. If you do drive with petrol in the diesel, it's not usually necessary to replace the whole engine. In most cases, all that needs to be replaced is the fuel lines and the injectors. Occasionally, the whole common rail might need to be replaced. If it was just a few drops, there shouldn't be any issues. You should be okay as long as it's not a huge amount of petrol that got mixed in.

36 mths ago

KH and Shisstirrer are correct...It IS the owners responsibility...if it was Diesel in a petrol car, there wouldn't be a huge problem

36 mths ago

a Few drops wont make a difference , but to be on the safe side speak to the Garage owner

36 mths ago

Always the owner's responsibility to ensure that mistakes are not made by bumbling ppl....

36 mths ago

SQ: Never mind clearly asked - the petrol caps stipulates what could be put in and all attendants must be able to read by now! If you got the slip, you can sue them privately...

36 mths ago

I've had it happen to me twice. On the first occasion, I hadn't pulled off yet when the mistake was discovered. The garage paid for a mechanic to drain the tank on the spot, and while I waited, I was given a free meal at the Wimpy. on the second occasion, my wife drove a kilometer or two. The garage paid for towing fees, a mechanical inspection (fortunately there wasn't any damage, other than the system needed to be flushed) and they paid for it all. Although there are signs stating that the owner of the car is responsible, it is the driver's word against the attendants' word, and it is always the driver's word that is taken above that of the attendant. Engen actually dismisses attendants who make that mistake. If a garage disputes it with you, call the Petroleum company concerned - they'll sort it out for you. But you should take care anyway - it is downright inconvenient when it happens, and you may have to pay for everything yourself until the garage's insurance pays you out. In my second instance, it took only two days for them to pay, luckily.

36 mths ago

This happened to me years ago when we were living in Pretoria...but the other way round. The attendant filled my car with Diesel in stead of petrol. I was taking them to the brand new Casino....cannot remember which one....near the Airport I think. We spent the complete day sitting there while they washed out the petrol tank......no I remember now...I became so incensed, I demanded that the owner lend me his car....so he took us to a restaurant nearby and later fetched us. What a day!

36 mths ago

petrol burns a lot hotter than diesel and can damage your engine to the point of major overhaul. i would depend on the mix. to much petrol and it will just not run to little and it might just smoke a bit but less than 2% will not do anything to your wallet. in all the cases that i have hear about the garage carried all the financial cost despite the sign that the owner is responsible.

36 mths ago

Good question! I guess it will always be debatable. I got my first diesel car 10 years ago and during those early stages I sometimes stopped at the wrong pumps but somehow always managed to remember before they got to my car. Sometimes the attendants recognise a diesel car and point me in the right direction as I drive up but the one time I broke out in a cold sweat was parking at the diesel pump with petrol pumps next to it. The new girl pulled out the petrol hose and as she was about let fly I noticed and screamed just in time. Maybe I needed that wake up call so now I seldom sit in the car while it is being refueled. But there it always a first time for everything!!

36 mths ago

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