BBC Watchdog uncovers ROGUE fuel drain company!!!
BBC Watchdog investigated a rogue nationwide fuel drain company who were selling a fuel additive product for over £200 that you do not “NEED” after a misfuel.
The company was caught red-handed lying about the product & even filled empty bottle’s with 200ml of standard diesel & mis-sold it as there “misfuel additive”.
Their technicians were caught talking about how they leave dirty samples of fuel in bottles and show the customer it to mislead them into thinking it was from their vehicle and to fix the problem the best way was to buy the product.
Shockingly one of their technicians was caught discussing how they unplug injectors so that fault codes appear on the dash and again can mislead the customer into paying £200+ for something they do not need.
Watch the video here – https://youtu.be/yEdwof8a5Cs
SO YOU HAVE MISFUELED DO YOU “NEED” A FUEL ADDITIVE?
To cut a long story short and without getting technical the answer is NO, you do not NEED one because you have misfueled. Regular diesel is sufficient enough to get your car back to normal after a misfuel.
WILL A FUEL ADDITIVE “HELP” AFTER A MISFUEL?
Additives are designed for various purposes, to improve fuel economy, improved performance, lower emissions and have a prolonged engine life according to many of the manufacturers that make them. I have seen various tests carried out on them on YouTube with proof of them working, and in some cases, they have an adverse effect. However, some brands did show some difference but not the difference they describe on their bottle’s. So like most items in life, it depends on which one you buy. Ultimately in a roundabout way, a suitable fuel additive will have a positive effect on your vehicle in general circumstances. Which in turn means it would also have a positive impact after your misfuel has been put right, but remember it is not essential and not some magic potion worth £200+ that will kick your vehicle back into action like never before – diesel is all you need after a misfuel!!
WE DON’T SELL FUEL ADDITIVES AND HERE’S WHY!
As a company we do not push an additive onto you! We carry some on the vans as some customers do like them for piece of mind. The additives we use are Terraclean fuel system cleaner which are just £20.
Every industry has rogue trader’s and leave nothing but a trail of empty pockets & shocking stories behind them, and sadly give a good honest company a bad name.
We pride ourselves on being a fully certified, honest, reliable company & our genuine customer reviews speak for themselves on how we operate.
HERES A SMALL GUIDE ON HOW TO PICK A RELIABLE FUEL DRAIN COMPANY!!
INSURANCE – Ask the company for proof of “FUEL DRAIN” specialist insurance, fuel draining is a very bespoke job, and the company you select must have a tailored fuel drain insurance policy. It is not unheard of for companies to have mobile mechanic insurance which will not cover their work or your vehicle in the event of an accident.
Ask the company for proof of their certifications, the minimum industry safety certificate is a vehicle misfuel passport from the SPA Each fuel technician must have an SPA passport this displays that each technician can confidently & safely carry out a fuel drain.
Each fuel drain van should have industry standard equipment, there are a few companies out there who supply these kits. We use a company called Autodrain who provide fuel drain packages to major companies like the RAC & Greenflag. These kits comply with UN, ADR & ATEX regulations. Ask the company you select for proof of these as it is a legal requirement.
WASTE CARRIERS LICENCE –
The company you select needs to be on the environmental agency register to carry & store fuel.
Check the companies reviews out across various review platforms, get in contact with people you know and ask them for a recommendation for a company they have had a good experience with in the past.
COST – This is what most of it boils down to, to set up a fuel drain company is not cheap due to the dangers of working with fuels. The equipment alone brand new costs upwards of £10,000, that’s not including the vehicle & livery, the kit out of the vehicle, safety equipment & safety courses, hand tools, websites, running costs, and most importantly the insurance. A good reputable company will charge anywhere from £130 – £170 for a typical fuel drain.
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