This story was updated at 12:10 p.m. Friday with a statement from Holiday Stationstores.
At least 10 vehicles are in the shop for repairs after their owners report buying gasoline on Monday at Holiday Stationstores at 1381 Greenwood Court in Shakopee.
Mark Swartout of Shakopee posted on social media that his car started having engine issues Tuesday after he bought gas Monday at the Holiday store. After taking his car to the mechanic, he learned the gas he bought had water in it.
Kevin Hoppe, service manager at Apple Ford Shakopee, said Wednesday he’s seen at least 10 vehicles with the same issue. When water gets in the gas tank, the engine will struggle to run and eventually the car won’t start.
“The vehicle will run for a short period of time and then start to run poorly and will stall out or quit,” Hoppe said. “At that point the vehicle gets towed in and our technician will look at it.”
Of the vehicles he’s seen so far, Hoppe said the gas is contaminated with a sizable amount of water. One of the dealership’s vehicles was affected by the watered-down gas, too.
“Out of a little beaker that’s six inches tall, we put four inches of fuel in it and there was maybe a quarter-inch of fuel in the top of it, and the rest of it was water,” he said.
The average cost to have the bad fuel pumped out and replaced is about $350 to $400, Hoppe said. However, if an engine sustains damage, those costs could be higher.
Joy Newgard, of Shakopee, said her husband Terry Newgard also had engine issues after fueling up at Holiday. When she filed a claim with Holiday’s parent company, she received a voicemail stating an insurance adjuster would be in contact with her.
Others who commented on Swartout’s initial Facebook post indicated they are also waiting to hear back from Holiday’s insurance company, Travelers Insurance.
A spokesperson for Holiday issued a statement via email Friday saying: "The Holiday station in Shakopee, MN, had an isolated issue of water in a single fuel tank on March 11 for a very limited time period. This issue resulted from flooding at the station, and Holiday is actively working with the small number of affected customers."