Should I Choose a Diesel Car or Not?
You may have noticed that recently diesel cars have received a lot of negative press. News of increased taxation and new charges has left some drivers feeling hesitant about whether to opt for a diesel car. Therefore, we’ve answered your questions here…
Diesel vs Petrol
When choosing your car, you should consider which fuel type is the most suited to your lifestyle and purpose for driving the car. Diesel is best suited to drivers who often commute long distances. Typically, if you drive 15,000+ miles per year then choosing a diesel car will be cheaper to fuel and run over the long term. Whereas if you typically commute short distances then a petrol car would be more suitable for you.
Will diesel and petrol cars be banned by 2040?
In 2017 the government announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2040. This created some concern for consumers about which fuel type to choose for their new car. However, it’s important to highlight that these plans will only ban the sale of pure diesel and petrol cars. Therefore, diesel and petrol cars bought prior to 2040 won’t be banned from our roads.
Diesel Car Tax
There has been a recent change in car tax charges which applies to diesel cars registered from 1 April 2018. This change means you will pay a higher amount of tax for the initial year once the car is registered. However, this is a small increase and so most drivers won’t even notice it. Then after the initial year you will return to the correct tax band and so your car tax will be lower.
In London a new Ultra Low Emission Zone will soon be introduced. This zone will mean drivers of diesel cars that don’t meet Euro 6 emissions and petrol drivers that don’t meet Euro 4 will be required to pay £12.50 per day plus the congestion charge to drive in particular areas around London. However, this charge won’t apply to new diesel cars as most of these cars are Euro 6 compliant. Similarly, the £10 daily T-Charge fee which is already in force doesn’t apply to new diesel cars if they meet the Euro 6 emissions.
The majority of drivers have very little to worry about by choosing a new diesel car. Simply, the only extra charge that should affect them is the slight increase in car tax rate for the first year. If you often commute long distances or regularly use the motorways don’t let this put you off choosing a diesel car. Remember it’s important to choose the fuel type which is most suited to your purpose for driving the car.