Should I Buy A Diesel Car?

There has been much speculation in the press about diesel cars which has not been particularly positive and left many car buyers confused. There is talk of an increase in car tax and the introduction of a toxin tax, manufacturer scrappage schemes and a proposed ban on diesel and petrol cars altogether by 2040.

Despite all the negative media coverage and damning headlines, diesel is still a popular choice amongst car buyers and remains the most searched for fuel type on Autotrader with a recent report showing 55% of all searches on their website were for diesel cars. This is probably because many advantages come with a diesel engine, such as a smoother drive, greater power and towing capacity and more fuel efficiency over longer distances.

According to Autotrader, 35% of used car customers are unaware of the benefits of each fuel type. By understanding what fuel type suits your driving style and needs, you will save money at the pump. If you drive longer distances, enjoy a smooth and powerful drive or have any towing needs, then a diesel engine will suit you better. If you use your car for short journeys and city driving, then petrol tends to be the better fuel type.

There have been sensational headlines about a toxin tax leading drivers of diesel cars to believe such a tax will affect all diesel drivers. In fact, this is a charge of £10 for drivers of diesel cars entering central London which will be introduced by 2019. So, unless you drive into central London in areas that already have congestion charges, such a tax is very unlikely to affect you. Other cities, such as Birmingham and Leeds are considering the charge, but only London have confirmed its introduction.

It is unlikely that many of the changes speculated in the headline news will affect diesel drivers soon. We change cars on average once every four years, which means on this basis you may buy another 5 cars before the proposed 2040 diesel and petrol ban becomes law. This is therefore not something that will affect you in your next car purchase and it is likely to be a long time before diesel and petrol drivers see any noticeable changes in terms of extra charges. It is best, therefore, to choose your next car purchase based upon your driving style and needs rather than any fear created by the sensationalised media headlines.

December 2017