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  1. Choosing from the two variants of petrol and diesel puts a dilemma and raises a question mark in the minds of a good number of prospective car buyers. The debate has been raging for many years with supporters on either side unwilling to let the guard down. Facts first, it is plainly the type of usage that determines whether one has to buy a petrol version or a diesel one. Allaying the doubts of either side, each variant has its own share of benefits and it all settles down, to reiterate, depending on every person needs and to be sure, it does differ. As we unravel the pros and cons of both the iterations under various aspects, it is the customer who would emerge in possession of unalloyed details. The priority for price Laying bare a straight fact, the diesel cars are quite expensive than their counterparts running on petrol. There is a considerable difference in the price with the diesel variants on most counts pegged at least by a lakh higher than the petrol version. When the factor of on-road price is taken into account the gap further widens as the registration procedure for the diesel variant involves a steep fee. The fee swings in between 1 to 3% with respect to the cost of the vehicle and again depending on the state where the purchase is made. Upping the ante for the diesel cars is the element of comparatively lower price of the fuel retailing in the country which needs to be configured in positively. Maintenance The overall expenditure involved in the maintenance of diesel vehicles is usually on the higher side. This does not mean the petrol vehicles do not pinch much, but lesser while pitted against the diesel dependents. The underlying reason for the inequality is attributed to the highly priced consumables ranging from the engine oil to spares utilized in the diesel models. The Effect on Environment We live in an age and time where the objective of safe environment is being accorded one of the top priorities. The diesel fuel is free from any form of lead or rather emissions arising from regulated pollutants mainly from nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide. But this virtue is slashed by the creation of higher emissions of nitrogen oxides and the relevant particulate matter which are flagged for their carcinogenic nature while compared with the petrol based vehicles. Fitting a particulate filter in diesel car enables to have a check on the pollution caused by the vehicle. The quality of burning is more optimized in petrol and this is at times cited as one of the reasons for turning away from the diesel cars. The Resale Value Compared to the petrol versions, the diesel cars command a good resale value. And this is explicitly overriding the fact that the petrol engines are long-lasting. The second hand cars of the diesel variant have enough buyers in the domestic market. So, without any guess it has to be inferred the depreciation of the diesel variants is less than the petrol ones. Mileage The diesel vehicles score all the brownie points when it comes to the mileage. A diesel engine does not require a spark plug and this is responsible for the higher compression. It in turn leads to maximum utilization of fuel by the diesel engine as against the petrol engines. Most of the diesel car owners, in foresight, make a purchase in favour of it despite the higher price tag due to the additional mileage it offers and they seem to recover the cost in due course of time. In a nutshell, it is the usage as highlighted earlier that has a say on the vehicle choice. For shorter commutes the petrol variant is an ideal one whereas for the longer journeys the diesel based model suits the best. Carkideal is the best car dealer in delhi to give a best deal to sell used car in Delhi.
  2. Dear Friends! It is a known fact that diesel has become the fuel of choice for a majority of Indian customers. This is evident from the fact that the overall sales figure of diesel cars which stood at a mere 5% about a decade ago now stands at a mighty 40% of the overall cars sold and is increasing at a faster pace than ever. However, anyone who is out to buy a car is faced with the perennial question on whether to buy a petrol car or go in for a diesel. Which option would provide more value for money in the long run? To arrive at an answer, we would have to look deep into a buyer's behaviour in the Indian context. Some of the things we look at while purchasing a car are: Overall price (price, discounts, freebies etc.) Looks and engine power Fuel efficiency Features (aircon, ICE, safety features etc.) Cost of service and spares Coming down to the topic on whether your usage justifies buying a diesel car, we can simply do some maths to arrive at a probable solution. For the purpose of calculation, we would make the following assumptions*: Standard average life span of the car - 7 yrs (One would typically sell/ upgrade to a new car post this) Standard average monthly running - 1000 kms Price of diesel car - 10 lacs Overall landed cost of a diesel car - 16 lacs (includes cost of capital) Diesel Fuel Price - Rs. 41/ ltr Average Diesel Car Mileage - 16kms/ litre Diesel Car Service Interval - 1yr or 10,000 kms whichever is earlier Diesel Car Service Cost - Rs. 10,000/ service Diesel Car Repair Costs - Rs. 1.5 lacs over 7 years Price of petrol car - 8.5 lacs Overall landed cost of a petrol car - 13.5 lacs (includes cost of capital) Petrol Fuel Price - Rs. 75/ ltr Average Petrol Car Mileage - 12kms/ litre Petrol Car Service Interval - 6 months or 5000 kms whichever is earlier Petrol Car Service Cost - Rs. 5000/ service Petrol Car Repair Cost - Rs. 75,000 over 7 years *The above are nearest estimates used for calculation purpose only. Overall cost of ownership of a Diesel Car Overall Cost = Landed Cost of the Vehicle + Overall Fuel Costs + Overall Service Costs + Overall Repair Costs => Overall Costs = 16,00,000 + {Rs.41/ ltr x (1000kms per month/ 16kms per litre) x 12 months x 7 years) + (9 services x Rs 10,000 cost per service) + 1,50,000 => Overall Costs = 16,00,000 + 2,15,250 + 90,000 + 1,50,000 => Overall Costs = 20,55,250/- Overall cost of ownership of a Petrol Car Overall Cost = Landed Cost of the Vehicle + Overall Fuel Costs + Overall Service Costs + Overall Repair Costs => Overall Costs = 13,50,000 + {Rs.75/ ltr x (1000kms per month/ 12kms per litre) x 12 months x 7 years) + (14 services x Rs 5,000 cost per service) + 75,000 => Overall Costs = 13,50,000 + 5,25,000 + 70,000 + 75,000 => Overall Costs = 20,20,000/- The above high level calculation proves that as far as price is concerned, if your monthly running is below 1000 kms, it is not worth spending on a diesel engine car. Anything above 1000 kms/ month would provide you with fuel costs savings but would subsequently inflate your service costs as well. Now comes the question of engine power and refinement; where petrol provides a more linear and refined performance, modern diesels typically being turbocharged, provide a lot of torque once revved beyond a certain rpm range. Conclusion: Go for a diesel only if you would be putting on a lot of miles on your odometer; otherwise, a petrol makes better sense anyday. Cheers