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Written By: admin on June 21, 2013 No Comment


As friends or family of young children, we all know how adorable to watch confused kids try to put a square peg in a round hole. It truly is amazing to watch how they develop as they grow up, and see them discover how to match the right shape with the right hole.

Unfortunately, when we reach adulthood, this fact doesn't stay with us 100% of the time. It has a particular tendency to exit our minds at the pumps of a petrol station, when we fill up our diesel car with petrol. Here's what to do when managing that exact catastrophe.

An Easy Mistake?

Although it might seem a silly thing to do, many drivers forget that they drive a diesel motor. Most diesel engines drive so smoothly and quietly today that it's not uncommon to slip back into petrol mode. This is especially the case since there are more diesels on the road than there used to be and most mistakes come from drivers who have switched.

Making sure you make the right decisions with your petrol is important.

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The first thing to do in the petrol catastrophe is not to panic. Stop kicking yourself and getting into a fluster; if you're worrying about the 'wasted' money in fuel that you just put into your engine, then you've got your focus all wrong. What you should be worrying about is the damage it could be doing to your car while your mind is wandering. Proceed quickly to the next step!

Stop Before You Start

The most important thing to do as soon as you realise is to stop petrol flowing through your car's internals. Basically, don't start the ignition. If you realise while you're still at the pump, then damage should be minimal as it hasn't worked its way through the system yet. Diesel engines can handle a small amount of petrol, so if you've added less than 10% of petrol then you need to fill the rest with diesel and you should be ok to carry on as normal. You should still get your car checked out by a professional as soon as you can though, and make sure things are running ok. If it's more than 10% then don't even consider making a move, your tank needs draining!

If you're already on the road when you realise then things could be a little bit more difficult. However don't panic if you have put petrol in a diesel car, just pull over in a safe place and turn off your engine. You can either opt for a rubber tube and a foul taste in your mouth, or try the safer option of making a phone call. This brings us on to step 3…


Picking the right petrol in the first place will save you a lot of hassle.

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Phone a Friend

D.I.Y is great, but as far as your car is concerned it's probably not the best option unless you're a mechanic by trade. The right tools for the job are only a quick call away, so the good news is that you could be back on the road and damage-free within the hour. There are dedicated teams and companies that specialise in mis-fuelling; they will help assess any damage, advise you on the proper action to take next, as well as drain/re-fill your car. The important thing is patience; sit tight once you've called in the pros, and deploy your safety signals if necessary. Make sure you've got that lucky telephone number on hand; you never know when you might need it!


Most car owners would agree that they couldn't manage their schedules and lifestyles without the luxury and benefits that a car brings. But your invaluable vehicle needn't be out of action for long if you opt for the right plan of attack. Knowing these little tips will help you do your part, and let the experts take care of the rest. Don't end up paying through the teeth for a new engine, parts or even a complete new set of wheels. Stop a car catastrophe before it starts; make the right call the next time you find yourself facing a petrol/diesel disaster.


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Written By: admin on June 14, 2013 No Comment

In the past, the only way to sell your car might have been to post an ad in the local paper or just place a “for sale” sign on the window, and wait for someone to call. These days, however, the Internet affords a new alternative for those looking to sell their cars. Before attempting to do so, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of such an enterprise, for while there are definite benefits to selling your car online, there are potential drawbacks as well.

Pro: A Wider Audience

One of the distinct advantages of selling your car online is that you are able to reach a much wider audience. Posting ads on eBay, for example, can elicit a number of responses from interested parties almost immediately. Though it is still a good idea to post ads in print media as well, the web has become the primary location for most shoppers; thus, an online ad increases your chances of possibly finding a buyer right away.

Con: More Work

Of course, with a wider audience and a greater number of interested parties comes the possibility that you will have to read through a significant number of emails and messages, weeding out the lowest offers and deciding how and to whom you should respond. Selling your car online as opposed to selling it to a dealer also makes it necessary for you to draw up all of the contracts and paperwork necessary to complete the sale, a necessary step in ensuring that everything is conducted above-board.

Pro: Enhanced Efficiency

The transaction itself can also go much more smoothly when most of it is conducted online. Questions can be asked and answered in an expedited fashion, thus either speeding up a sale or more quickly weeding out those who don’t intend to buy. Additionally, when an ad is placed online and you can communicate about the vehicle that way, you won’t always have to be home to meet in person with interested buyers, leaving you free to go about your daily business.

Con: Susceptibility to Scams

Unfortunately, the Internet has the tendency to leave people wide open to be the victims of fraudulent behavior, and this also applies to car sales. It is easier for individuals to skip out on payments or to simply disappear before paying in full when all of the transactions are conducted online. To be safe, make sure to collect full payment and sign all contractual documents before handing over the vehicle.

Overall, so long as you are cautious, using the Internet to sell your car can be a great way to make a quick and efficient sale. Also keep in mind that any wise and reliable individual will want to meet in person to see the car you’re selling anyway, so you will still have the chance to size up a potential buyer and conduct some additional negotiations before committing to anything—just to be sure you’ll be getting a fair deal.

About the author: 

Jeremy Stone is a freelance writer and also a car trader. He currently writes for Sell My Car for Cash

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