The Risks of Altered Fuel: A Concern for Cars and Machinery

“Altered fuel is a serious threat to the automotive and industrial sectors,” states Fabian Magerman, CEO of Moov Fuel. But what exactly is altered fuel, and why has it become a prominent concern in South Africa?

“Altered fuel refers to fuel that has been tampered with or mixed with inferior substances, often to cut costs or increase profits,” says Magerman. “Common adulterants include water, solvents, and lower-grade fuels, which can have detrimental effects on vehicles, machinery, and the environment.”

“Using altered fuel poses significant risks to cars and machinery. It can lead to engine knock, reduced fuel efficiency, and accelerated wear and tear on vital components. This not only results in costly repairs but also compromises safety and reliability,” continues Magerman.

“In South Africa, the prevalence of altered fuel has raised alarms within the industry. Illicit practices such as fuel blending and dilution have become more sophisticated, making it challenging for consumers to distinguish between genuine and altered fuel,” says Magerman.

Earlier this year, an article published by IOL highlighted a concerning trend. According to the article, after conducting regular and random testing at various filling stations across the country, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) and the AA discovered that 70 fuel distribution sites were found selling diesel with compromised quality. This revelation underscores the pressing need for vigilance and adherence to quality standards in the fuel industry.

Magerman advises, “To safeguard your vehicles and equipment, it’s crucial to purchase fuel from legitimate, licensed wholesale suppliers like Moov Fuel. Both our Commercial and Retail divisions pride themselves on integrity and transparency, ensuring that every drop of fuel meets stringent quality standards. We offer bulk Petroleum delivery and storage of ULP 95, as well as bulk delivery and storage of Diesel 10ppm and 50ppm, on-road and off-road Diesel products, as well as Diesel Additives. We also provide our customers with the best on-road Diesel solution. This service acts as a real-time management solution for all your on-road refuelling and driver spend needs.”

By choosing a reputable supplier, businesses can mitigate the risks associated with altered fuel, ensuring smooth operations, optimal performance, and longevity for their vehicles and machinery.

In conclusion, Magerman urges consumers and businesses to remain vigilant and prioritise fuel quality. “Investing in legitimate, high-quality fuel is an investment in the longevity and efficiency of your vehicles and machinery,” he emphasises. “Don’t compromise on quality; choose Moov Fuel for your energy needs.”

The Risks of Altered Fuel: A Concern for Cars and Machinery