Drivers have warned they could face a bill of £ 297 to refuel their cars – .

Drivers have warned they could face a bill of £ 297 to refuel their cars – .

Some motorists could face a hefty bill as the UK switches to E10 fuel next month.
The change will see the deployment of the more environmentally friendly fuel on forecourt throughout August before the September deadline.

But not all cars will be fuel compatible.

It is estimated that a million cars will not be able to use the fuel, which means they will have to continue to use the more expensive E5 premium fuel, BirminghamLive reports.

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Octane 97 fuel, which is a more expensive form of unleaded fuel, will remain on the forecourt during deployment, but will cost drivers significantly more.

And a report from GoCompare found that upgrading every classic car in the UK to become compatible with the new fuel will cost an average of £ 297 per car.

The report estimates that drivers can either ask mechanics to update their cars for an average of £ 297 each or continue to use E5 fuel.

The latter option would cost car owners around £ 43 more per year, for a total of £ 11.2million more spent on fuel if half of UK classic car owners choose to continue using the E5.

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However, depending on the make of the car, upgrading to use E10 fuel could cost some drivers £ 517.

The cost of replacing parts will vary depending on the make and model of your classic car, as well as, most importantly, additional charges for labor if you take it to a garage.

However, you may be able to save costs by not going to the garage. If you are a handyman enough, you can upgrade your vehicle yourself for just £ 45 – a saving of £ 252.

While many owners are affected, it is unlikely that all affected cars will need a full upgrade.

Ryan Fulthorpe, GoCompare, said: “If classic car owners continue to use E5 gasoline rather than updating their vehicle, they can pay an additional £ 43 per year for fuel.

“Our latest figures show that upgrading your car through a specialist could cost a total of £ 297. Although this is a higher amount to pay up front, you will be able to upgrade to E10 fuel. This means you won’t need to pay the top price for premium unleaded gasoline. “


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