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Malcolm McKay, spokesperson for the Historic Classic and Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) has warned classic car owners to be aware of “snake oil salesmen” selling bad products. He said drivers who were desperate to keep their vehicle in a good condition should only buy petrol additives from “reputable businesses” with an “established history”.

He said some products available on the market were “not a cure-all” and could lead to more issues.

Mr McKay said: “Additives are great for improving fuel, such as providing valve seat protection on engines with cast iron heads having soft valve seats, and for increasing octane.

“It’s much more difficult to make an additive to correct negative effects of something that is already in the fuel.

“If additives are your preferred option, beware of the snake oil salesmen.

“Only buy from reputable businesses with an established history of serving the historic vehicle market.

“For example, tin pellets thrown in the petrol tank are NOT a cure-all for everything from unleaded fuel to E10.”

Classic car experts at insurance firm Hagerty have urged drivers to contact their vehicle manufacturer or owners club to determine which additives to use.

However, they have given a few tips on what owners can use to avoid being caught out.

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For cars older than 1996, they recommend Castrol’s Classic Valvemaster which can help to prevent corrosion.

This mix also contains an ethanol stabiliser which can limit the effects of the new E10 fuel.

For modern classics with a catalytic converter installed there are a few additives available that would do the trick

Hagerty has recommended Millers Ethanol Protection Additive or Lucas Oil Ethanol Fuel Conditioner.

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