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Why it's now time to think petrol instead of diesel

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The tumbling price of oil has reduced the cost of living

The tumbling price of oil has reduced the cost of living

The tumbling price of oil has reduced the cost of living

THOUSANDS of people are beginning to think about what car they will buy in the new year.

And many will buy motors they don't really need.

I am talking specifically about opting for diesel without a second thought - when a petrol would more than suffice.

We get so many emails here from people asking for advice on what to buy . They rarely consider petrol at all, despite the fact that many are covering just 8,000km to 12,000km a year.

It can be a false economy, especially with the developments in petrol engine technology this past couple or three years.

In effect you are paying a premium, in terms of the car's price, for diesel frugality that you will not nearly exploit.

Unless you are doing upwards of 14,000km a year and on the go a lot it will take years for you to claw back the difference in price of a diesel over a modern petrol motor.

So as buyers turn their eyes towards a new purchase in January, I think it is a good time for them to take stock of what they need for every-day driving.

ecunningham@independent.ie

Indo Motoring