I have a problem and im after your opinion.
Ok so Monday the 7th I go to Adsa and fill up my CDTI Vx Vectra SRI 150 with diesel, I then drive the 4 miles to home, go to work in the morning of Tuesday 8th and after work drive home, 60 mile round trip. Wednesday 9th, up for work and the car starts but is chugging like mad, blue smoking and no revs at all and eventfully stalls. I drive to work in the wife's car and arrange with the garage at the top of my road (halfords autocare) to pick the car up and give me a diagnosis about midday. 1pm I get a call, the mechanic says 100% that the car is full of petrol!! I ask him to check the receipt in the centre console in the car, he does so and it clearly states "pump 2 diesel" to which I'm very confused but he assures me its petrol in the car and and took a sample from the tank on a dry rag, put a flame to it and it burst in to flames and so confirming its petrol.
So I go to Asda and kick off but I'm told by the manager there was no other complaints at all and its not possible to have petrol in the diesel pumps. I now return to the mechanic who again says that it's petrol and that's it, no way it can be diesel. The guy then recommended a local drain down company to remove the fuel as they couldn't do it. I took the phone number from him and thanked him for his time. The guy also said not to mention halfords to anyone as he would get in trouble for recommending another garage, I agreed.*
I called the number and the drain down guy came out after paying £175 on the phone. The guy was very nice and came out within 30 minutes and started the process of removing the petrol. I asked for a sample to go in to a new petrol can as evidence so I could take this up with Asda head office, he agreed. About a litre went into the can and after many sniffing tests we poured some on to a rag and took a lighter to it, I just had to see with my own eyes to believe it. And would you believe it no flame up concluding that it was in fact diesel in the ****** car after all! Also took a sample from the diesel filter as well as the tank and it's diesel for sure it was even yellow in colour! The drain down company refuse to refund ANY of the £175 despite only coming a couple of miles to my address and spending 10 minutes taking out a litre only.*
So what do I do now? The car has now been towed to a "proper garage" and awaiting a new diagnosis.*
Do I ring the halfords garage? Do I bypass them and go to head office and get the original mechanic in trouble? I want my money back from halfords as he referred me to this drain down company under a false diagnosis! I'm so fed up with this and at a loss what to do now.
Thanks in advance.