The reported death of the diesel car is somewhat exaggerated!
- April 30, 2019
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- Posted by Dave Woolf
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It would seem that the days of Diesel and indeed Petrol cars are numbered. As a parent and grandparent, I cannot help but applaud this. However it was not that long ago that we were all being encouraged to buy Diesel cars and as a result, there are a great number on the road. To scrap them all overnight is neither economically or environmentally viable. I would expect they will be with us for some years to come with a gradual decline in numbers as they are not replenished by new diesel cars.
So where does this leave us? Over recent months I have seen an increase in Diesel cars coming onto the second-hand market at much lower prices than would have been the case a couple of years back. Many of these are good reliable cars with useful life left in them.
Here is a case in point:
I have just sourced the following from a Renault Main Dealership:
2003 VAUXHALL VECTRA LS DTI HATCHBACK WITH 50K MILES ON IT AND WITH MPG FIGURES OF AROUND 5O MPG
FOR A CAR WHICH IS 16 YEARS OLD IT IS IN REMARKABLE CONDITION BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
Candidly this is not the mainstream type of car I look to buy – But there are a few occasions when I come across a genuinely good family car at a very good price and I cannot resist going for it.
MY VIEW IS THE CAR IS WORTH THE £1250 I AM ASKING FOR IT!
So should you consider buying it?
YES if you have a limited budget and are looking for a very good reliable car which will serve you well until more affordable and dare I say truly tested alternatives are available.
NO if you have a considerable amount of money to spend on a more environmentally friendly car, accepting that it could well have technology which is likely to become obsolete very quickly.