David Bilsborough, Business Owner at Cheshire Cars said many owners “won’t be able to run on E10”. He warned any drivers who are “experiencing problems” with their vehicles could be suffering from the effects of the new petrol.
“Most definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, give it six months to a year we are going to see some bigger problems coming along.
“Most problems can be rectified in a service. But some of them won’t be.
“I imagine some of them will probably kill a car cost-wise.”
They said respondents not in favour of introducing E10 had concerns mainly around vehicle compatibility.
Generally, the RAC says older models built before 2002 should not use the new E10 fuel compound.
This included degradation to fuel hoses, blocked file filers and corrosion of the fuel tank.
Rubber was said to be “particularly affected” with owners who use the new fuel urged to use additives to limit the damage.
The Department for Transport addressed damage concerns in their Introducing E10 Petrol report.
They said respondents not in favour of introducing E10 had concerns mainly around vehicle compatibility
Many owners of classic and cherished vehicles warned of the possible damage ethanol-based fuel can do to rubbers and alloys.
However, the DfT said as a compromise, older E5 fuel would still be available for those who needed it.