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Original article from Kent Live

A warning has been issued to anyone that uses petrol for their car in the UK.

A new petrol is being rolled out at petrol stations across the country next month, but it could damage some cars.

It is also noted that insurance won't cover any potential damage either.

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E10 petrol will be rolled out as the standard petrol from September 1, which contains 10% bioethanol, as the Manchester Evening News reports.

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This differs to the current E5 petrol, which has 5 per cent bioethanol and is considered better for the environment.

The new government scheme to roll out the new petrol means vehicles will emit less CO2 which will slow down climate change, says the Mirror.

The government has warned that around 5% of vehicles are not compatible with E10.

There are around 32.7 million cars in the country, and according to the RAC, 18.7 million run on petrol.

Therefore, 935,000 can't run on the new E10 fuel without possible issues.

Almost all of the 1.27 million motorbikes run on petrol, meaning 63,500 are also affected by the change.

E10 can occasionally be put into a vehicle meant for E5, but doing this on a regular basis risks damaging the engine.

According to consumer organisation Which? 46% of car insurance policies won't pay out for any repair costs if damage is caused in this way.

Around 150,000 Brits put the wrong fuel in their car every year even without the E10 complication, the RAC says.

How to check if your vehicle needs E5 or E10

A government website lets you check if your vehicle can run on E10.

In order to do this, you will need to know the vehicle model, engine size and the year it was manufactured.

However, it warns: "DfT and its partners will not be liable for any damage to your vehicle as a result of you using this service.

"It's your responsibility to make sure you use the right fuel for your vehicle."

All Ford cars sold across Europe since 1992 are compatible with E10, bar the Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI from 2003 to 2007, for example.

Pre-January 2000 Citroens and Nissans cannot use E10 regularly.

All Renaults sold since January 1 1997 can use E10, except certain models.

These include the Megane 1 sold between 1999 and 2003, while all Harley-Davidsons sold since 1980 can use the new fuels without any problems.

E5 will still be sold at most petrol stations with at least two sorts of fuel – which is most of them.

However, it will become 'super' grade fuel rather than the current 'premium' grade, meaning it will cost more than E10.

After making the switch to E10, the government said you may see a 1% fall in the amount of miles you get per gallon of fuel.

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