Motorists are Choosing the Wrong Oil for Their Car Engine

Motorists are spending an incredible £33million every year on the wrong oil for their car. New figures released by Castrol show that over half of the car oil bought by motorists doesn't meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirement which can result in higher fuel consumption, potential long term engine damage and may even invalidate a vehicle's warranty.

The current financial crunch also means that drivers are cutting back on routine maintenance and buying cheaper products and services which could lead to potential problems and safety concerns. And the issue is set to escalate if the problem remains unchecked - leaving the UK facing a potential car maintenance crisis.

Castrol and BSI Kitemark have joined consumer motoring champion Quentin Willson to urge motorists not to scrimp when it comes to their cars' maintenance. Willson commented: "Cars today are so sophisticated they need professional maintenance, and consumers who try to cut corners now could face much bigger bills down the line. Simple things such as using reputable garages like those certified with a BSI Garage Services Kitemark means that motorists will get the highest standards and best value for money, not to mention peace of mind."

"And consumers also need to understand that when it comes to engine oil, gone are the days of the ‘one size fits all' philosophy. With the vast range of different engines available today, drivers simply aren't aware that each one needs a certain specification of oil to work properly. If in any doubt, always ask a professional which is the right oil for your car."

The Kitemark Garage Services scheme improves standards within the aftermarket vehicle servicing sector and reassures drivers that they will receive honest, fair and safe service. BSI is an independent body that owns and operates its trademark Kitemark schemes which aim to improve quality and safety for consumers.

Castrol launched its ‘Right Oil, Right Car' campaign earlier this year to raise awareness among UK drivers of the damage using the wrong oil can do to an engine. Castrol also offers a text service that allows drivers to text their car's registration number in order to receive a recommendation for the right oil to use in their car direct to their mobile phone.

11 November 2008 Staff

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