E10 fuel warning: Classic car owners face average £297 upgrade bill for new petrol

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Most classic cars owners have been warned that they cannot use E10 petrol once it is rolled out into forecourts in September. E10 is made of 10 percent bioethanol, rather than the five percent in the current E5 fuel.

It will help reduce CO2 emissions, with it set to cut them by 750,000 tonnes a year.

This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all the cars in North Yorkshire.

But insurance comparison site GoCompare has found that upgrading Britain’s classic cars will cost over £89million.

On average, it will cost each owner £297 to have a mechanic update their car.

Therefore, if 50 percent of classic car drivers opt to make the changes via a specialist, a total of £89.1million will be spent modernising vehicles for the new fuel, as there are approximately 600,000 classic cars in Great Britain. 

Those who don’t want to make the switch will have to spend more on petrol when filling up.

The current E5 fuel will still be available, but only in “super” form, which comes with a higher price tag.

As a result, running a classic car on E5 fuel will cost an average of £43.18 more per year than E10.


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This equates to an extra £11.2million per year being spent on fuel, if 50 percent of classic car owners decide against making the required updates.

Ryan Fulthorpe, a motoring expert at GoCompare, warns drivers that delaying an upgrade could cost them more in the long run.

He said: “If classic car owners continue to use E5 petrol rather than updating their vehicle, they may pay an extra £43 per year for fuel.

“Our latest figures show that upgrading your car through a specialist could cost a total of £297.

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