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.