Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?

If you’re in the market for a new motor then you’re probably asking yourself whether you want to go for a car that runs on petrol or diesel. With lots of motorists eager to cut their fuel bills, diesel cars have recently been in high demand as they are perceived as being a more cost-effective kind of vehicle. However the reality is rather more complicated that.

What To Consider

The first thing you’re likely to be thinking about when you go to choose a new car is the initial outlay as well as the running costs both now and in the future.

Diesel vehicles do tend to be a little more expensive when you are purchasing them and also hold their value well and typically have a longer, higher-mileage life, so used diesel cars are also usually more expensive than their petrol equivalent.

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This is well worth considering fully, as depreciation is a large cost to think about when buying a new car. Then when you have bought your car and you’re running it on a daily basis, you need to remember that diesel fuel is a few pence more expensive than petrol in the UK (but it’s the other way round in most other European countries). However a diesel engine tends to be more frugal with fuel consumption, which means the higher the mileage, the lower the cost per mile.

Experts suggest that a used diesel car driver will have to clock up 10,000 miles to recoup the cost, and a new diesel driver some 6,000. So it could take some time to make buying a diesel car an economical option. Continue reading “Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?”

Mistakes Best to Avoid When Buying a Used Car

Often we are likely to be more careful when buying a new car than when buying a used car/vehicle. This is probably because the money we need to spend when buying a brand new vehicle is usually much higher can the amount we need spend when purchasing a used second hand car.

However, in reality is that one should be equally careful when purchasing any car or vehicle. Often there are certain mistakes that should be avoided when buying a used car, here we look at some of the most common pitfalls and suggest some useful ideas and information if you are planning to purchase used a vehicle.

buying a used car

Don’t forget to check the vehicle history report:

If you visit the likes of one of the local Ford dealerships or buy a second hand vehicle privately, then obtaining a vehicle history report (or a vehicle HPI check) is a must. As this is the only way to know whether the car you are planning to buy / take home has encountered a serious accident or has an outstanding higher purchase credit on the car. Continue reading “Mistakes Best to Avoid When Buying a Used Car”

Supercharger Vs Turbocharger cars

When you’re looking at buying a new car, one thing you might be wondering is whether to opt for a supercharger or turbo charger. It’s a difficult choice as both have their own advantages and disadvantages to take into account. Below you’ll discover the pros and cons of each option – it’s always worth asking a few questions if you’re visiting car dealerships.

What’s the difference?

While you may have heard of supercharger and turbocharger cars, you may not be entirely sure what the difference is. Both cars generate a boost via air compression. It allows more fuel to pump into the cylinder and this in turn produces more power.

Turbochargers work by using the exhaust gases to spin a turbine. This then spins an air pump. Superchargers on the other hand use a belt that’s connected to the crankshaft of the engine. The belt basically causes a pulley that’s connected to a drive gear to spin and this turns the compressor gear. It’s this gear that compresses the air.

Supercharger Vs Turbocharger cars

Which is better?

There are advantages and disadvantages with both superchargers and turbo chargers. If you’re looking for fuel economy, according to CarThrottle, Turbochargers are your best option. This is because they have a lightweight design. This means while they are idle or if you’re using low revs, fuel economy won’t be affected. However, they do suffer from what is commonly referred to as ‘Turbo lag’. This means the additional power isn’t instant. Continue reading “Supercharger Vs Turbocharger cars”