Classic car owners could pay £15 more to fill up their petrol tank after E10 fuel changes

Classic car owners could pay £15 more to fill up their petrol tank after E10 fuel changes

08/23/2021

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Up to 600,000 historic vehicles built before 2002 will be incompatible when the new petrol launches at the start of September. Instead of using the new E10 compound, road users are urged to use existing E5 fuel which will be moved to the super unleaded protection grade.

However, prices will considerably rise when this moves to the protection grade despite being the same product.

The AA warns protection grade fuel can range from 1540p per litre to 160p per litre in a price lottery.

In comparison, regular pump prices have finally rested at a UK average of around 135.4p per litre.

This means owners of historic vehicles face an increase of over 20p per litre to top up their cars.

Luke Bosdet, spokesperson for the AA warns prices could rise by as much as 28p per litre if drivers get inkicky and top up in one of the most expensive areas.

They have worked out historic owners could well face an extra £15 charge when they top up a full 55-litre tank.

He said: “The big challenge for those hundreds of thousands of car owners with cars that can’t use E10 petrol is where to find super unleaded at its cheapest.

“Most roadside price boards show pump prices for regular unleaded and diesel prices only and that means affected car owners having to take pot luck each time they refuel.

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“With super unleaded on average already 10p a litre dearer than ordinary petrol, ending up on a motorway forecourt in just over 10 days’ time could raise the litre cost for those drivers from the current 135.4p UK average for regular unleaded to 163.9p for super unleaded.

“That pumps up the cost of filling a typical 55-litre tank from £74.47 to £90.15.”

“A supermarket petrol station may offer the best bet for more reasonably priced super unleaded but, for those out on the open road, fuel price search engines such as the AA App for its millions of members could be vital for beating the super pump price lottery.”

A Government review into the changes has already hinted E10 fuel could also be more expensive for compatible cars.

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