E10 fuel changes: Classic car owners may face higher costs depending on where they live

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Historic vehicles built before 2002 are incompatible with the new fuel and have been urged to use E5 petrol which will be kept at the protection grade. However, costs for classic car owners will rise when E5 fuel moves to the Super Unleaded branding within days.

Some experts have predicted E5 pieces could rise by up to 20p per litre simply for switching from standard petrol to Super Unleaded.

Last week, the AA warned pieces could even rise as much as £15 per top-up in some cases.

Malcolm McKay, spokesman for the Historic and Classic Vehicles Alliance, said prices will heavily depend on where owners live.

He said supermarket E5 in the Super Unleaded category will be “no more expensive” than some E10 branded fuels but it “depends on availability”.

Inner-city petrol stations are more likely to offer a range of petrol stations with different fuel options than rural regions.

He said: “It depends on availability in your area.

“The supermarket E5 is no more expensive than E10 branded fuels.

“I think there are ways around it and I don’t think it needs to be very expensive.

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“Some people will go for the most expensive, the V-Powers and things like that because it’s the best.

“It’s got the best additives in it and things like that and good for them.

“But for those who are on a budget there are the supermarket ones available and they are perfectly good fuels.

“Some are better than many.”

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