A record number of new diesel cars were sold in the UK in 2011, even more than petrol cars in fact and it is thought that consumers think that a diesel car will save them money and be the cheaper option to run.
Research shows however, that running a diesel car will only work out the cheaper option in the long run if drivers travel more than 10,000 miles per year. The vast majority of diesel car owners who use their car for personal use will not travel this distance in a year, meaning they are actually spending more on running costs.
To really recoup the costs when buying a diesel car you need to be travelling more than 10,000 miles a year and if you don’t then the petrol car is probably the more economical option.
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