For decades, people hated diesel engines and avoided purchasing diesel vehicles unless they absolutely needed to. The engines were loud; the exhaust was oppressive and dirty. Today’s diesel engine is far different from the engines of old, and there are numerous advantages to owning a diesel car. They aren’t loud or dirty anymore and many auto shops, such as Advantage Auto Service maintains and repairs diesel engines alongside gasoline ones. Here are some additional benefits.
Better Fuel Economy
Diesel-powered engines offer better fuel economy over gasoline-powered engines. There are many reasons why this is so. The first reason boils down to power or torque. A diesel engine produces more torque than a gasoline engine does, and this means the engine itself does not have to work as hard. The less an engine works the less fuel it burns, which is why diesel fuel burns more efficiently than gasoline.
A full tank of diesel fuel lasts longer than a full tank of gasoline. This is another reason why diesel engines provide better fuel economy. Depending on where you live, diesel fuel may cost more per gallon, but the fuel itself is more energy-rich – about 30-percent richer to be exact. What does this mean? It means the fuel burns slower so you actually get better gas mileage. You won’t fill up as often.
In fact, even if you do pay more for diesel fuel in your town, the fuel efficiency will offset that higher cost. This holds true, especially if you drive a luxury or hybrid vehicle. The cost between diesel fuel and premium gasoline rarely varies more than 5 to 10 cents, yet it will cost you much more to fill your luxury automobile’s larger tank and, as discussed above, you won’t get the gas mileage you would with diesel.
When you combine the cost to fuel a hybrid or all-electric car, you take into account your fuel and electricity spending. Studies show that, on average, it costs hybrid vehicle owners $2,500 more per year to keep their hybrids on the road, and – are you ready? – a whopping $13,000 per year to keep the all-electric vehicles charged. Diesel burns much cleaner now, so the savings speak for themselves.
Diesel Cars Maintain Better Resale Value
This is a unique statistic most people don’t know, but diesel cars actually have better resale value after 36 months than conventional and hybrid automobiles do. The research firm ALG conducted a study and found that in the compact car category, diesels retained 63 percent of their value after 36 months. That’s a lot of value! Gasoline compacts only retained 53 percent and hybrids retained 55 percent.
As you can see, there are many advantages to owning a diesel car, and if you live in Marietta, Atlanta, Acworth, Austell, Dallas, Douglasville, Hiram, Kennesaw, Mableton, Powder Springs, Smyrna or Vinings, GA, you have a trusted and experienced mechanic in Advantage Auto Service. Call us today at 770-951-8055 to set up an appointment for your diesel vehicle.