So they dangled a carrot in front of you and you took it.
Then the price of diesel went up, oh dear.
Then the emissions were classified as very harmful, oh dear.
Now there is to be a levy on diesel cars in major cities, and good old Boris has announced, (in response to the threat of fines from the EU for breaching air pollution limits), that from 2020 diesel owners driving into London will have to pay a £10 pollution premium, oh dear, oh dear.
Along with scrapping most vans pre 2002 and by 2020 any pre 2006 cars out of London, several of us will probably need a new car! To be able to purchase all these replacement vehicles you’ll need funds, I guess the Government expect you to use more credit for this and the spiral of debt will continue.
Anyway, so you bought a Diesel, WHY?
Whose advice did you take, mmmm a politician’s?
Ok, would you ask a mechanic for political advice, I wouldn’t recommend it!
Unless you are covering 20k in mileage a year, they do not make economical sense. The initial purchase cost is higher, diesel is more expensive than petrol in the UK (although not if you live in the EU). The cost of repairs when they go wrong is an eye watering sum and now you are going to have to pay a levy to drive into major cities. When you last saw a vehicle in front of you billowing black smoke, it will have been a diesel needing repair, probably not done because of the cost!
Remember the most damaging environmental impact the Automotive Industry has on this planet is in the production and end of life destruction of vehicles. The bit in between (i.e. when we use them) has a far less detrimental effect particularly if it’s a well maintained petrol engine.
Do we really need new cars as often as a Car Manufacturer or Politician would have us believe? If you’re unsure on vehicle choice, why don’t you contact us and we can give you some free advice based on our experience, of which is the most suitable car for you.