Five Interesting Times When Buying a Diesel Engine Car Makes More Sense

Posted on: 29 July 2016

At this point of human development, road transport is the most popular and pragmatic mode. Owning a car is no longer a luxury but a necessity. With advancement in technology and environmental awareness, there is a wide variety of cars in the market, which are powered differently. For instance, we have diesel, petrol, solar, electric, and gas powered cars. Making a decision on which model of a car to buy can be a sort of dilemma. However, a good number of people are known to go for cars with diesel engines. The following are peculiar yet interesting instances when buying a diesel car makes more sense compared to the other types mentioned above:

When road racing in not your thing -- diesel burns slowly, hence cars with diesel engines accelerate slowly compared, let us say, with petrol-powered cars. To this end, it is interesting to note that someone who does not mind being overtaken every time would go for such an engine. This is in sharp contrast to "speed-junkies" who love to race on the highways for the fun of it.

When hauling regularly -- diesel powered car are more powerful compared to other types. The engines are therefore ideal for cars that are meant for heavy tasks. Hauling is one such task. As such, someone who hauls regularly will most likely go for a diesel engine. It is interesting to observe that people who love camping or boat-riding love driving diesel cars.

When low on cash -- diesel is cheaper compared to petrol. Solar is the cheapest, but the commercial viability is still in its infancy. Cumulatively, the running costs of diesel cars are lower compared to petrol cars with other factors held constant. Therefore, it makes sense for someone who is sensitive about running costs to consider buying a diesel-powered car.

When enthusiastic about garage visits -- generally speaking, diesel engines require more regular servicing compared to other types of engines. Engine car owners, therefore, visit service shops more often. Therefore, individuals who are garage enthusiasts and hobbyists will tend to go for diesel cars. The choice might not entirely depend on garage zeal, but it is interesting to take note of this niche of car owners.

When environmentally unaware -- diesel pollutes the environment more compared to other forms of motor power. To this end, someone who is passionate about environmental conservation will shy away from fossil fuels or use it sparingly. As such, it would not be too far-fetched to assume that diesel engine enthusiasts are not that environmental aware because of the higher level of carbon emission associated with diesel cars.


A Lifelong Hobby

When I was a kid, I used to live a few doors down from a garage run by a guy called Alfredo. It was a proper old-fashioned garage, like something out of an old movie: He did everything by hand and took great pride in his work. I hung around there as much as I could get away with, and I learned a lot about cars just by watching them all at work. Eventually, once I turned about 14, he hired me for a weekend job. I didn't keep up that line of work once I left for college, but I've carried the passion behind it with me into adulthood. These days I work alone building and improving my rides rather than fixing other people's, and I figured it was about time I shared some of what I've learned about parts and maintenance.