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How do you get scammed?
Well, to steal petrol, pump owners often rig the meter in advance while some installs a small chip into the machines with the help of which you get to see the false meter readings on the petrol pump machine.
When you ask a person at the station to fill the petrol for any of these set amounts 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 rupees then their machine works as per their configuration. The meter starts to run and shows a false reading making it appear as if the correct amount of petrol has been given for your money but in reality, the petrol falls short of 10/20/30ml. So in this condition, you do not even get to know how much petrol has come in your vehicle.
It's been some time but I remember to have read somewhere that there was a person who went to a petrol pump and asked a person to get his vehicle tank full, the executive filled 15 liters of petrol in his car, while the maximum capacity of his car was 13 liters. So you might have understood what could have happened. Yes! a direct 2-liter scam.
Also, there are times when the executive stops the nozzle in the middle while filling the oil and the meter still continues to move even though the oil gets stopped.
So, how to survive this Petrol/Diesel scam? Well, I am about to tell you some ways in which you can avoid this thug.
- Keep checking mileage: Many petrol stations in the country are still running on old technology, which is very easy to manipulate. According to the rules, only the petrol company's mechanic is authorized to fix the petrol machine if there is an issue, however, owners of petrol pumps often seek the help of private mechanics. Machine tampering occurs at the same time. So, you can put petrol from different petrol pumps and keep a note on the mileage of your vehicle continuously.
- Look at the meter: You have often seen that on the petrol pumps you are offered a car polish service. Or, if an employee asks you if you would like to pay the money with the card or by cash. This happens mostly to distribute your attention. The moment you get engaged with other things the petrol filling person performs his trick. Therefore, keep a continuous look at the meter when filling petrol.
- Do not forget to reset the meter: In many petrol pumps, employees fill less than your stated amount of money. Customers are told that the meter is being reset to zero. But if you are not careful then this meter is not often brought to the Zero. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the meter of the petrol pump machine is set to zero.
- Make sure no petrol is left in the pipe: You should have seen petrol filling pipes on many petrol pumps is kept long. Employees immediately take off the nozzle after the auto-cut after filling the petrol. Because of this, the remaining petrol in the pipe goes back to the tank every time. Therefore, you should emphasize that after a few seconds of getting the auto cut, the nozzle of petrol remains in your tank so that the remaining petrol in the pipe should get's into your vehicle.
- Check if there are no bends in the pipe: While filling the petrol, place your vehicle slightly away from the machine so that the pipe stays straight and no amount of petrol gets to remain inside the pipe.
- Do not fill the petrol with a round figure amount: Most people pay for petrol or diesel by paying Rs 500, 1000 or even 2000. And many petrol pump owners already fix their machines for such numbers. It is, therefore, better not to ask for petrol with these commonly used figures. Instead, ask for petrol for some unusual figure for e.g. Rs 230, 534 or Rs 1625, etc. Theft of petrol will be tough in this case and thus it will not cut your pockets. Pay for it as far as possible with the card.
- The nozzle button should not not remain pressed: Tell the petrol pump person that after starting the oil, remove their hand from the nozzle. While filling the petrol if the nozzle button is pressed then it reduces the speed of its exit and theft becomes easy.
- Do not fill air instead of petrol: After the auto cut if the executive asks you about filling petrol in a round figure then do not agree to this because after getting auto cut you often get less petrol in your tank and sometimes there is no petrol at all due to not having a machine reset, at this point, only the air goes into your petrol tank.
- Do not forget to file a complaint: If you are a bit suspicious of petrol theft, do not forget to file a written complaint by requesting a Complaint Book from the Petrol Pump Manager. Complain to the company's customer care if they do not provide you with a complaint book.