Motor insurance: Cars hit by petrol problems

Thursday, 01 March 2007

Those people possessing comprehensive car insurance should have no trouble making a claim for damage incurred if their car has been affected by contaminated petrol, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said.

The group's comments follow complaints by hundreds of drivers in the south-east of the country who are experiencing problems with their car engines.

Complaints have also been made from drivers in other parts of the country, such as Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen.

A number of consumers say they have bought petrol from supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's.

The ABI has urged any drivers who have experienced problems with their cars to keep any evidence they have purchased contaminated petrol, which may assist them with any claims they make to their insurance companies.

While saying they did not know where liability lay, an ABI spokesperson said: "Nevertheless, the insurance industry can provide this important reassurance to customers in the meantime that, provided they have comprehensive car insurance, they need not lose out."

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