Book an MOT
Book a Service
View All On Map
Got a question for us?
Leave us your question or questions below, and we will get back to you with an answer within 4 working hours.
Please enter your questions below
Please select an option
Choose your location
Enter your name in the box
A telephone number is required
Enter your email address in the box
We would like to keep you up to date with information
relevant to your vehicle including important safety information and
new products. You can unsubscribe from this at any time and we never sell
your data to anyone else. Please select the ways in which you'd like us to
MOT and Service Booking
Thank you for choosing to book your appointment. Please note all appointments will be booked from 11th May onwards only. Should anything change due to future COVID-19 updates, we will be in touch to reschedule.
Enter Your Registration Number
Enter your vehicles mileage
Select Service or MOT
Would you like a Service or MOT?
Does your vehicle require any other work?
Does your vehicle require any other work?
Please enter your notes below
Select a Date to have your service or MOT
What is your preferred booking date?
Please select a location
Location of Booking
Select a Preferred Appointment Type
Vehicle Drop Off Time
When would you like to drop your vehicle off at?
Enter the time you wish to drop your vehicle off at
Vehicle Drop Off Time
Enter the time you wish to pick your vehicle up at
Vehicle Collection Time
Enter your Post Code
Have you used the wrong fuel in your vehicle and aren't sure what to do next? Save time, money and stress by reading these expert tips!
Apr 28, 2015
Have you recently refuelled with petrol instead of diesel, or vice versa? Fear not. ‘Misfuelling’ is a very common mishap by motorists, which you can (in most cases) easily fix by following the steps in this article.
1. If you filled up with less than 10% of the wrong fuel, you don’t have to read any further. In most cases you will be able to top up with the correct fuel straight-away and drive off. This is because – if you put petrol into a diesel car – the petrol will float on the top for a while.
Tip: Continue to fill up with a high lubricity diesel like Shell V-Power Nitro Plus and don’t let your car get half-empty for 2,000 miles. This will gradually dissolve the petrol until it’s no longer an issue. But if in doubt, contact the manufacturer of your vehicle.
If you have misfuelled by over 10%, follow the steps below.
2. The number most important rule is to not turn on the ignition or start the car. The electric pump in your car usually starts to intake fuel as soon as the ignition is turned on, which will allow the wrong fuel to contaminate your engine a lot quicker.
3. Inform workers at the fuel station that you have put the wrong fuel in your car, then seek help with moving the car out of the way. It’s important not to obstruct any traffic while you are distracted.
4. Call an expert who can drain the unwanted fuel, clean the filter and pump and refuel your car correctly. The AA offers a roadside service called ‘Fuel Assistant’, and Fuel Doctor are UK-wide specialists in this kind of slip-up.
It’s more common to add petrol instead of diesel than it is to add diesel instead of petrol, simply because the diesel nozzle is bigger. But either way, a misfuelling specialist should have your car up and running again in no time; saving you time, money and a lot of aggravation.
1. This is more of an awkward situation, but try to stop your car in a safe place away from main traffic. If you are on the motorway, the hard shoulder would be ideal. It’s also best to step out of the car in case of a collision.
2. Call a breakdown provider such as the AA. You will kill two birds with one stone here because they can drain and refuel your car then give you a lift if necessary.
3. If there is severe damage to your fuel tank due to using the wrong fuel, contact your insurance provider to check if you’re covered. If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, misfuelling should be covered as ‘accidental damage’.
Metal damage to the pump – Diesel pumps transport fuel to the engine at high pressure, meaning that diesel has to have high lubricity. Petrol acts as a solvent, which reduces lubrication and causes abrasive, metal-to-metal contact in the pump. This alone causes damage, but metal particles can also come loose and damage the whole fuel system.
The wrong fuel contaminating the whole system – If the unwanted fuel travels too far into your vehicle’s system, it can cause irreversible damage. In this instance it’s often cheaper to have the engine replaced!
Common Rail system problems – if you have a Common Rail (or HDi) system in your diesel car and it gets contaminated, the low and high pressure fuel pumps, injectors, fuel rail, line filters and fuel tank might all need replacing.
Gasoline Direct Injection engine problems – If you managed to get diesel into a petrol vehicle, GDI engines are especially sensitive to damage.
Figures from an AA study show that around 150,000 motorists insert the wrong fuel at the pump every year, so you’re not alone in dealing with this problem! Here are some simple but effective tips to avoid making the same mistake in future.
• Always check the fuel grade indicators on the pumps before using. It’s common for people to assume that every filling station has the same coloured pumps for each grade.
• Try sticking to the same station to avoid the confusion above.
• If you are thinking of hiring a car, make sure it uses the same fuel as your personal car. The same applies if you are buying a new car.
• Don’t start having a conversation with someone or get distracted while selecting the fuel.
• Ideally don’t fill up with petrol when you’re in a rush.
• You can even buy specialist devices such as Fuel Angel and SoloDiesel, which can be attached to the filler neck (if you use a diesel car).
LIVESTREAM: First UK Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang
Electric Vehicles Will Be Registered With Green Number Plates From Autumn 2020
2020 Ford Fiesta Gets Fuel-Saving Mild Hybrid Technology
Licence To Thrill – Super Rare Bullitt Mustang Build Will Resume At Nottingham
Car Superfan, Paul Cowland, Gets His Mustang Steeda-Tuned At Sandicliffe
June 2020 Updates - Deals, Scrappage & New Opening Times
Upgrade and Save
300 L1 Diesel Fwd 2.0 EcoBlue 105ps Low Roof Trend Van
This is what's included in our £99 Admin Fee:
127 Nottingham Road
Nissan Delivery Mileage Cars
2.2 CRDi KX-3 5dr Auto
Nissan Cars Contract Hire
Navara Special Edition Double Cab Pick Up N-Guard 2.3dCi 190 4WD
110kW Tekna 40kWh 5dr Auto
1.5 dCi 115 Tekna+ 5 door
Sandicliffe Ltd. trading as Sandicliffe are a credit broker (not a lender), we can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance providers. We may receive a commission from them for the introduction.
Price excludes a £99 Admin Fee
155-185 Derby Road
110kW N-Connecta 40kWh 5dr Auto
Consumer Experience 2020
Receive the latest news and offers
At Sandicliffe, we believe in Treating Customers Fairly. Sandicliffe is a trading name of
Sandicliffe Ltd. Registered in England and Wales No with company registration number 03193805.
Registered office: 155-185 Derby Road, Loughborough, England, LE11 5HN. To improve our quality,
calls may be
recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Sandicliffe Limited is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is
and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s
permissions as a Principal Firm allows Sandicliffe Limited to act as a credit broker, not as a
lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on
behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.
‘Used Car Disclaimer’
Some of our vehicles have been sourced from Manufacturer buy back schemes or selected Fleets. As a
result whilst we can confirm the number of registered keepers we cannot confirm how many drivers a
vehicle has had. We can confirm that the vehicle has passed a comprehensive AA Approved 128 point
out by a manufacturer approved technician and has a full HPI Provenance check meaning we can
guarantee its lifetime history.
Sandicliffe subscribes to the Motor Industry Code of Practise for Service and Repair (and Vehicles
Sales where applicable) for motor vehicles.
© Copyright 2020 Sandicliffe Ltd.
We would like to keep you up to date with information relevant to your vehicle
including new products and important safety information. You can unsubscribe from this at any time and
we never sell your data to anyone else. By clicking 'Confirm', you consent to us sending you email
You are now signed up to receive the latest news and offers from Sandicliffe.