5 Essential Things to Know About Owning a Diesel Car

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While once relegated to industrial applications, diesel engines are quickly becoming a popular option for those looking for a new car. Thanks to the numerous advances in technology, the once smelly, noisy engines have come a long way, and those changes make owning a diesel car much more enticing. However, before you jump into your purchase, there are a few things you need to know.

Increased Cost

The initial costs associated with purchasing a diesel car are higher than what you might pay for a similar gas-powered vehicle. While this might put some off, it is worth noting that diesel engines also deliver a fuel economy of up to 30 percent higher per gallon compared to gasoline engines. This means that your initial increased cost could be outweighed by what you’ll save at the pump over time.

Increased Power

There’s a reason diesel engines are used frequently in industrial vehicles – they provide greater power than gas vehicles. This makes them a popular choice for those who frequently haul trailers or other heavier items, as their increased torque provides better leverage to get those loads moving.

Fuel Economy

When owning a diesel car, you’ll also discover that diesel fuel costs more than gas. However, the increased fuel economy means you won’t be making as many stops on your drives, which also equates to lower costs over time as well.

Maintenance Considerations

Another benefit of owning a diesel car is that they require less maintenance. With their lack of sparkplugs and distributors, you won’t have to worry about scheduling appointments for tune-ups. However, you will need to make sure you keep up with the maintenance on a diesel as well. Frequent oil and filter changes are required, as are other routine maintenance items to make sure the engine remains in good running order.

Usage Considerations

The choice of owning a diesel car really depends on your needs. If you frequently drive for extended periods or haul heavier items, it just might be the right car for you based on its fuel economy and power. However, if you’re looking for a low-cost vehicle, the higher price tag might be reason to consider gasoline after all.

Diesel cars are a great option for many, and owning one can provide lower long-term ownership costs with proper maintenance and care.


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