Buying contaminated fuel from a suburban service station is a rare event, but two cases have come to light on different sides of Brisbane during the floods.

David Fife’s son Leo filled up at the Shell-run NightOwl, on Green Camp Road in Wakerley, on February 26.

When Leo tried to drive off, his Mazda MX-5 would not oblige.

“He tried to start it and it didn’t start,” Mr Fife said.

“He called me and I went to have a look and thought, ‘This is really weird.’