With a slew of rising gas prices that are always unpredictable, a lot of people are looking for new ways to save money. Some buy electric or hybrid vehicles, others carpool and moderate, and then some simply change from gas to diesel. While many claim that diesel engines are not usually considered a bargain purchase, they actually can be the less expensive option overall.
Since diesel care and performance go hand-in-hand, and since you can actually save money by properly caring for these engines while reducing your cost per mile in fuel, here are a few considerations that you should take into account when making your decision.
- Diesel fuel is costlier but lasts longer:
When filling your tank up, you want to consider what fuel gets you the most per mile. A lot of people don’t think about the fact that diesel fuel gets better mileage. That’s because it burns slower and it lasts a lot longer. That’s why big rig trucks use it over standard gasoline.
In fact, you can increase fuel economy by 20 to 30% and sometimes even more by using diesel instead. What’s more, diesel fuel pollutes the air less because it creates fewer carbon emission than standard leaded gasoline. What this means is that you can save money and do your part to reduce your carbon footprint. When cared for properly, diesel engines generally outlast gasoline engines, too – but you will need to make sure you are on top of maintenance to enjoy these robust results.
2. Diesel engines are cheaper to maintain:
You wouldn’t think it, but it’s actually cheaper to maintain that diesel engine. That’s because you don’t have to worry about maintaining the most expensive parts, like spark plus or distributors. But, you will have to focus frequent oil changes and filter changes. If you have a fuel injection system, you will want to maintain that as well, and you will want to use an engine-cleaning additive every so often at the pump to keep your engine clean.
3. You get a higher trade-in value with a diesel vehicle.
Since the engines tend to last longer and outperform gasoline engines, they usually get you a better trade-in value. One Mercedes diesel engine was found to last over 1,448,400 kilometers when properly maintained, setting the record for longest running engine. But this lofty number does not mean that your car will run that long – it just means that when properly maintained, you can expect to enjoy substantial mileage from it.
While it’s assured a car or a truck will be an ongoing expense that requires maintenance, the facts don’t lie: you can save more money by using a diesel vehicle instead. With newer biodiesel options that get you even more miles per gallon, the sky is the limit.
So the next time you are looking at a new car, make sure you don’t overlook diesel.