When it comes to running a family car, one of the biggest things we pay for is the fuel. You’d rather have money in your pocket then in the fuel companies wallets. As most of us know the two types of fuels that you can put in, there’s diesel and then there’s petrol. So when you’re looking at buying a car should you pick a diesel family car or one with a petrol engine? What are the benefits of each? Today we make it easier to pick between the two.
Buying a diesel family car
In the past people have chosen to buy a diesel family car because it is good on fuel and costs less at the pump. Until recently this was true so diesel cars came with a higher price tag. Many diesel family cars cost at least $2,500 more than their petrol models.
The price of diesel family cars is still a whole lot higher than compared to that petrol models. This hasn’t changed over the years so should you really be paying a whole lot more for a diesel car or a petrol car? The simple answer is no. Petrol cars have caught up with the diesel models and are nearly just as efficient.
Driving the car
The amount we pay for diesel at the pump is quite similar to how much we pay for petrol. So if you’re buying a diesel car today to save money on fuel you might be out of luck. Petrol cars have caught up with the efficiency that the diesel cars once had.
On the other hand diesel is a whole lot more harmful for the environment than Petrol.
Servicing a diesel car
Diesel cars have special past that petrol cars just don’t. This means to service them you’re going to have to pay a whole lot more.
One of the most common parts used in diesel cars is the diesel particulate filter. I know this sounds long and complicated but basically it’s there to stop your diesel car from emitting harmful chemicals into our environment.
This filter needs to be cleaned every 100,000 km or so depending on the model of the car. Costs of replacing these filters are in excess of $1,000 + cost of labour. This will not be covered under warranty. If you drive a petrol car you don’t have to worry about this – peace of mind.
Comparing family car prices
As we touched on earlier diesel cars cost a whole lot more than petrol cars. A good comparison between the two is one of the most popular family cars in Australia the Mazda CX-5.
The diesel model costs $3,000 more than the petrol model. So do you save $3,000 on fuel over 3 years? If your family travels 10,000 km a year, you’d save less than $200 driving a diesel model. That’s a saving of $600 over 3 years.
Petrol family cars have caught up to the efficiency that diesel cars once offered. This as well as the high maintenance costs, Australian families are better to stick to petrol cars for their daily rounds.