The state is investigating complaints of tainted gasoline at a Davidson County gas station.
So far, the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has received three complaints of tainted gasoline after filling up at the Citgo Family Food Mart in Lexington located on Highway 64.
The state first received an official complaint on December 27. A state official visited the gas station and found a problem with one of the tanks that have led to the problem. The gas station posted signs alerting customers of the problem. However, the gas station had to change the signage because the wording was confusing.
Within a week, two other complaints were filed with the state. The tainted gasoline has been a costly problem for customers.
Alan Jones said his son put just a few gallons of gasoline into his vehicle from the station.
Jones said, “The car didn't last but a couple miles before it cut off. It was running rough didn't cut back on. We took it to the mechanic and had it towed. The mechanic had to clear out the fuel lines, spark plugs, fuel filter when he pulled out the gas that's when he found out it was the water mixture.”
It took nearly $400 to get everything fixed plus towing.
WFMY News 2 reached out to the owner. He acknowledged there was a problem, but said the gasoline is good now. He also said he would pay for repairs.
If you feel you've put bad gas in your car, be sure to file a complaint with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their number is 919-733-3246. The sooner you call, the quicker they can send an inspector out to order any necessary action the station owner might need to take. You can also email the department through their website. Just click the "Contact" tab.