Right. So this happened.
Anyone ever pump diesel fuel into their gasoline-only vehicle by accident? Don't be totally ashamed if you did, but it's a far more serious issue when a gas station mixes up the two fuel types. According to Fox 31 Denver, a Circle K gas station somehow mixed up diesel and gasoline at the pumps and owners unknowingly chose the wrong fuel. "I got gas and about three blocks later, my car started lugging and chugging," said the owner of a Subaru Forester. "It's a really good car and I just got it tuned up on Friday."
Initially, the owner figured the garage simply forgot to attach a line and called a tow truck. When the guy arrived, the real problem was discovered. "The tow truck driver stopped the car, and said, 'you're the second person I've towed this afternoon with that problem.'"
The Subaru's owner then called the Circle K to explain the situation. The gas station didn't deny it and referred the owner to its insurance company, which agreed to pay the $1,100 repair bill. "They did admit it was their mistake," the owner said. "That they had been delivered bad gas that had diesel in it, and that's where the plumes of black smoke were coming from."
A Facebook group was created by other victims of this mix-up, and now they're seeking reimbursement for lost wages as well. "Not everyone is salaried and I had to leave work to go get my car towed," the same owner claimed. Another concern the group has are future mechanical problems. And it turns out this Circle K wasn't the only gas station to make this same mistake.
A King Soopers gas station nearby admits its underground fuel tanks were mistakenly filled with the wrong fuel, pointing the finger at an outside vendor. Meanwhile, the insurance company is processing each claim on its own, and is "working closely with the individual claimant."
Hopefully, there's no long-term damage done. A $1k or so repair bill could only be the beginning of more serious and pricey problems.