A burning question – Petrol or Diesel?

 Petrol or diesel? It’s one of the first questions car buyers need to ask

Petrol or diesel – which is right for you?
There are many factors to consider when buying a new car. How much will it cost me to run? How much fuel will the car use? How much will my tax and insurance cost? Size, colour, brand, model, there are many different options to consider across the market. So when it comes to the type of fuel, how do you know whether petrol or diesel will be most suitable for you? Many of us are unsure about the true advantages and disadvantages of petrol and diesel.
Here, we’ve delved into the pros and cons of each fuel type to help you make the right choice!

Running Costs: Petrol vs Diesel
So, which fuel is going to cost me less at the pump, petrol or diesel? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward ‘one is cheaper’ answer to this question. If you look at the basic cost per litre, diesel will generally cost more than petrol. But it really depends upon the type of journey you are making. If you regularly travel long distances on the motorway, a diesel engine may be the best option for you. Diesel engines generally use 15-20% less fuel than their petrol counterparts – allowing you to travel longer distances using less fuel. However, if you do much shorter journeys (a few miles at a time at low speeds) a petrol engine will most certainly be more cost effective as it is cheaper to purchase per litre.

Purchase Costs: Petrol vs Diesel
Generally, diesel cars cost more to purchase than petrol vehicles. And the tax is usually more expensive too due to new tax rates set this year. This really does depend though on the age and model of your car – newer, more environmentally friendly models will cost much less in tax than older vehicles which produce higher levels of toxic emissions. It is wise to investigate the tax you will have to pay for your vehicle before purchasing.


Environmental Impact: Petrol vs Diesel
With a growing concern for the environmental impact of our cars, this is something to consider when deliberating over petrol or diesel engines. It is true that diesel contains more carbon dioxide than petrol, but since diesel engines use less fuel, they should, in theory, produce less carbon dioxide emissions than a petrol engine. Having said that, diesel engines produce higher amounts of soot and other particles which are bad for the lungs if breathed in regularly. Petrol engines have a much simpler exhaust clean up than diesel engines and cost less to
make too. Therefore, petrol cars are thought to better assist with climate change and reducing
air pollution.

Whichever fuel you decide will suit you best, there are thousands of car buying options sure to set your head spinning. There is a huge selection of used cars NI at competitive prices –petrol or diesel – you decide!


5th November 2018

Author: wheelsforwomen

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