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09/11/2018


With the cost of fuel rising, many drivers are looking for ways to keep their on-road costs down. One of the ways to do this can be to buy a diesel vehicle instead of regular gas. Whether you call it petrol or gas, you know one thing for sure - it isn’t diesel. After all, diesel is reserved for trucks and heavy utility vehicles, right? Wrong.

Considering Diesel or Regular Gas for Your New Vehicle

When it comes to modern vehicles, diesel is not only just an option, it can also be a viable one! Below is a post from Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer to help you decide whether it’s time to make the switch to a diesel based engine.

The Benefits of a Petrol Engine

  • Upfront Cost
    • If you have been looking at new cars then it’s obvious that gas-based engines are cheaper to buy upfront. It’s as simple as that. However, this is more due to their popularity than the efficiency of gas as a fuel.
  • It’s quieter
    • If you’ve taken a diesel engine car for a drive then you have likely noticed that the engine is slightly louder than that of their gas based counterparts.  There is just no denying that petrol vehicles are not only quieter than their diesel counterparts, but many modern petrol based engines run so quietly that you can't even hear if they are switched on.

Okay, Now the Disadvantages

  • Fuel Efficiency
    • There is a list of reasons why trucks come with diesel engines, and fuel efficiency is one of them. Not only is it more expensive at the pump compared to diesel, petrol based engines use more fuel per miles than their diesel based counterparts. This is especially true if you find yourself doing lots of long drives, such as road trips for vacation or work, or even just errands which require a lot of distance driving.
  • Emissions
    • If you like the idea of keeping your vehicle emissions down, a petrol engine isn’t going to be your best choice. While engine technology is advancing, resulting in petrol based engines producing fewer carbon emissions, at the end of the day, they still produce more than a diesel engine.
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Now, Over to Diesel

Let’s Talk About the Advantages

  • Fuel Economy
    • The first advantage has to be fuel economy. When it comes to long drives and getting the most out of your tank, there is just no comparison - diesel wins. Additionally, diesel is often cheaper to buy at the pump. Take a look around at your local gas stations and see their prices. If you can see that diesel is noticeably cheaper and you perform a lot of distance driving, then the math can work out in your favor.
  • Emissions
    • As mentioned above, diesel engines, by design, produce much fewer carbon emissions than their petrol based counterparts. In some cases, the difference can be around 20%. Not only is this great news for the environment but if you warm up your car in the garage it can also mean less carbon that you and your family are breathing as you all get in each morning.

Okay, So There Are Some Disadvantages

  • Noise
    • The first is engine noise. There is just no denying that a diesel based engine is louder than a petrol engine. However, this is only when you are outside and listening hard. As soon as you get inside the vehicle, you are not very likely to hear much of a difference.
  •  Upfront Cost
    • Because diesel engines aren't as mainstream as petrol engines, you’re going to pay more for the vehicle upfront. This is something you will need to consider when calculating the math of diesel usage (as mentioned above), to make sure that it works out in your favor. Every motorist has different needs, so make sure that you’re actually going to save in the long run.
  •  Quick off the Mark
    • If you like a fast take-off, then a diesel engine isn’t likely to be suited to your driving needs. Why? Because a diesel engine based car can often be described as sluggish. While you aren’t going to miss the green light when it changes, you shouldn’t expect to be the first vehicle to cross the intersection.
  •  Maintenance Costs
    • Last, but definitely not least, are your maintenance costs. Diesel engine parts are likely to cost you more to replace. While the cost of the service isn’t going to vary too much, there is no denying that the parts are going to be more expensive. When considering a diesel engine, take into account any repairs or warranty items the manufacturer is offering to help make an informed decision.

Diesel or Petrol, a Synthetic Oil Change Can Benefit Both

No matter which vehicle type you choose, simple maintenance items like a synthetic oil change can help to improve engine performance and reduce engine wear and tear. To find out more about the benefits of a synthetic oil change, speak with a friendly expert at Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer by calling (503) 329-9004. Leaders in the field of engine oil and lubricants, trust that Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer will give you the right advice and find you the best products to keep your vehicle on the road for longer.
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