So, you’re thinking of buying a new vehicle. Let’s be honest about this, whether you’re looking for something new for personal or business use, car shopping is a whole lot of fun. These days especially, when cars come with so many digital bells and whistles to make driving so much safer and more pleasurable, car shopping is an enjoyable and informative experience for individuals and families. Of course, finding the right vehicle is rarely a short and simple process. This is particularly true when buying for business. Since your business’ efficacy and productivity will be reliant upon your choice of vehicle, it’s only understandable that you’d want to set aside the time and effort to make an informed and sound choice.
While all shoppers have different priorities when choosing a vehicle, surprisingly few people agonize over whether they should consider a vehicle that uses gasoline or diesel. Although electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming a greater part of the conversation, the decision to choose one or the other of these fuel sources may seem ancillary to other considerations. Diesel vehicles, however, can come with their own specific set of issues so it’s a very important decision to make when you consider the following…
Over time, a diesel engine will accumulate sooty particulates which are collected in the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). As time goes by, the particulates can clog the DPF, rendering it all but useless. In extreme circumstances, the DPF may be clogged beyond repair and will need to be replaced by passenger car or diesel truck mechanics. This is a very laborious and expensive repair. Fortunately, DPFs purge themselves under certain conditions. If you’re travelling at around 50mph, the DPF will generate enough heat to purge itself. Thus, a diesel truck is a better choice for long-distance drivers. If you’re the kind of driver who only uses their vehicle for a short commute and/or a trip to the local store, a diesel vehicle is almost certainly not for you.
If you’re using a vehicle for business, fuel is an overhead which needs to be carefully managed if you’re to protect your profit margins. In many provinces, diesel cars have been a cost-effective solution for thrifty drivers due to their lower road taxes and better fuel efficiency. While drivers no longer benefit from the cheaper road tax they do enjoy better fuel economy. While diesel fuel costs a little more than gas its fuel efficiency can save drivers around $260 a year.
If you need to tow other vehicles as part of your business, a diesel vehicle is a sensible choice. Diesel engines tend to muster more torque than their gas-powered counterparts. If your stake your business’ reputation on your vehicle, you need to take whatever competitive edge you can get.
As diesel vehicles are equipped with particulate filters, they are a more environmentally sound choice for eco-conscious drivers. The introduction of urea-based fuel additives in some vehicles further reduces the toxicity of diesel vehicle emissions. If you care about the environment but don’t have the budget for a hybrid vehicle or would struggle to charge an electric vehicle, diesel is the way to go.
Making an informed choice will mean that you enjoy happily and worry free motoring in a vehicle that’s ideally suited to your needs.