Caltex Christmas mixup causes pain at the pump
Holiday motorists filled up with the wrong fuel after a costly mixup at a South Island service station over the weekend.
A Caltex station in Milton, Otago, accidentally filled its diesel tank with 91 octane petrol [which will be very expensive to repair, and less bad filled its petrol tank with diesel] on Friday, but the mistake was not noticed until Monday.
Otago man Dan Love was one of many motorists hit by the pre-Christmas mix up. He filled up his $25,000 Triumph motorbike with what he thought was 91 fuel, but it was diesel.
"I got about 5 kilometres and realised the bike was losing power and there was lots of white smoke," he said.
He managed to get the bike to Dunedin, but it would not start in the morning. The back of the bike, which is only seven months old, was covered in soot and grease.
He is taking the bike to his dealership in Invercargill to see if the engine was damaged by the wrong fuel. He went back to the Caltex station this week to find out what happened.
"They apologised and admitted the mistake," he said.
"They said there were lots of other people affected and said I should refer it to my insurer, which I wasn't happy with.
"If the bike is damaged, I will have to go back to Caltex. I don't think it is fair for me to incur the costs of this."
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