Should I Get Diesel Or Unleaded Car?

When it comes to choosing a car, the fuel it runs on is one of the first things you decide on. For years it was easy to decide. If you travelled a high amount of miles over the year, a diesel car was the better choice because it delivered better fuel economy and lower car tax. Petrol was more suitable for driving around towns, cities and shorter distances.

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But is that all still the case?

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Same model, different fuel, different price?

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It is common whether you are getting a brand new car or a used car for diesel-powered cars to have a premium on top when compared to the petrol model with the same specifications. This may seem unfair that you have to pay more for a diesel engine than you do for a petrol engine, but it remains entirely dependent upon if you earn that premium back through the car’s running costs.

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The price of fuel

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Until recently, petrol was the cheaper fuel at the pump. This meant that if you didn’t drive huge amounts, you didn’t spend a lot and therefore saved money on a monthly basis thanks to your fuel bill. Diesel was always the more expensive fuel.

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However, there have been times in the past couple of years, where diesel has actually cost less than petrol at the pump and currently they have levelled out.

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Fuel economy

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Fuel economy has become more of a priority for drivers in recent years for obvious reasons. Diesel cars usually deliver better fuel economy, therefore the more miles you do throughout the year, the more you save. This is particularly helpful if you drive a lot of miles in a year.

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However, if you are one of those people who cover less than 10,000 miles a year like the majority of people now do, a diesel car might not be the best choice.  The average mileage for a year is now 8,707, so with that in mind, a petrol might be a better choice.

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Retaining their value

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Diesel and petrol engines retain their value differently. This is all down to demand and diesel are in more demand that petrol cars because of their better fuel economy and lower tax rates. That means they retain their value better than petrol cars do. So, if you want a good part-exchange or private sale value when it comes to reselling your car, a diesel might be a better choice.

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Reliability

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It all sounds like a diesel car is the best choice with it having better fuel economy