I bought a brand new 2009 Mazda 6 3 weeks ago, and this Saturday I went to a Shell gas station and filled it up almost completely with their premium “V-Power” gas. Not more than a mile down the road, I stopped at a McDonald’s and my car chugged and then stalled in the parking lot, and I couldn’t get it started again. It was towed to the local dealership, which was closed for the Easter weekend, and the service adviser found that there was water in the gas.
He estimated the repairs to be 0. I filed a claim with my insurance company (AAA) and they do cover this. There are a few things that seriously tick me off about this:
1. The car is 3 weeks old with less than 1000 miles on it, and bad gas is the last thing I would have expected to do some damage to my car
2. While my insurance covers it, I do have to still pay my 0 deductible, and my premium will most certainly go up when it comes time to renew my policy.
3. This happened in my girlfriend’s town, which is about an hour away from where I live. This is going to be a bit of a hassle to get my car back from the dealer, which is even a little further.
I didn’t keep the receipt, but paid with a credit card and it will eventually show up on my statement. There is absolutely no chance that someone tampered with my tank, because it happened a few minutes afterward, and you can only open the tank from the inside anyway (I was in the car the whole time).
The service adviser told me that there shouldn’t be any lasting damage/problems to my car, but the whole situation has been a headache for me with all the necessary travel. Can I sue the gas station for selling me bad gas? I’m not really looking to get rich here, I just want them to pay for the repairs in full and cover any associated costs.
I did call the government agency that investigates these things already, and they did say they would get back to me after the investigation. I’m not sure if this is something to wait for because I don’t know how long that would take, or if anything would come of the investigation so late after.