Diesel or Gas: Which is a Better Proposition for Used Car Buyers?

If you have been exploring wrecked cars for sale, it would not be a wild leap of thought to say you are looking to own a reliable set of wheels, without having to break the bank. After deciding the type of vehicle, the next question is whether to go for a gas- or diesel-powered powertrail. As both the propositions have distinct pros and cons, we take the time to take a closer look at the options to help you make an informed decision.

Performance
Diesel engines, especially turbocharged variants, are known to pump out exhilarating numbers of torque at low rev, making them ideal for those whose like to tread uncharted territories. Gasoline powered engines, on the other hand, deliver peak power at high RPMs, resulting in much faster acceleration compared to diesel-powered engines of similar specs.

Ownership Cost
Diesel might be cheaper than gas, but that’s not all you need to factor when calculating a car’s total cost of ownership. In addition to fuel, you also need to consider the maintenance cost of the vehicle, factoring service cost, the cost of spares, and the frequency of service. Diesel vehicles have low running cost (cheaper fuel); however, have higher maintenance.

Lifespan
This is one aspect where the “capacity” of the engine has a more significant role to play than the “type of fuel”. The actual lifespan, as stated earlier, depends on the capacity and built quality of the engine. Diesel engines will outlast their gasoline powered equivalents but this depends largely on the previous owners maintaining the vehicle.

Resale Value
As far as resale value is concerned, you might be better off with a gas powered vehicle. Thanks to public perception, gas powered vehicles generally go for higher compared to similar diesel vehicles. However, if the car you are planning to buy is less than 5 years old and has significant miles in it, even a diesel engine would not be a bad proposition.

What’s the Verdict?
Diesel or gas – both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. When looking to buy salvage cars for sale, you need to consider all the parameters we have listed and of course, the average distance you need to cover every day. If you have to travel long distances, going for a diesel powered vehicle would be a more cost-effective option, whereas, for short commutes, a gas-powered vehicle would be a better fit. If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to learn more about any of the wrecked cars for sale listed with us, simply call ________ or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back with you, as soon as possible.

 

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