If you are considering buying a new car, it is important that you think carefully about the specifications of the different mechanical systems. One of the most important areas is the engine. If you are currently thinking about purchasing a new vehicle, you may not have considered buying one fitted with a diesel engine. Below is a guide to the benefits of investing in a diesel car rather than a petrol powered vehicle.

Improved Fuel Economy

Diesel engines offer much better fuel economy when compared to petrol engines, which means you use less gas for the same amount of power. A diesel engine delivers a 15-20% improvement in fuel economy compared to a standard petrol engine. If you often drive for an extended period and cover a lot of miles, this improved fuel economy could save you a lot of money.

Reduced Maintenance

Because a diesel engine doesn't have spark plugs, it doesn't need the same level of tuning up as a petrol-powered engine. One of the leading causes of engine failure is the build up of sediment within the engine, which is often caused by a defective spark plug. This sediment increases the strain on every part of the engine until it fails completely. A diesel engine using compressed hot gases to ignite the fuel, so you do not have to worry about maintaining the spark plugs or the build up of sediment inside your vehicle's engine.

Improved Reliability

A diesel engine is designed to self-lubricate. The top of each engine cylinder is lubricated using diesel which means that the engine undergoes less wear and tear when starting from cold. This lubrication helps to extend the life of the engine. Because diesel fuel burns at a lower temperature than petrol, the engine will also be subject to less heat fatigue, increasing its reliability.

Fuel Availability

Diesel is widely used in industry and farming, which means it can be found in the most remote places. If you are planning to drive across country to different work sites or wish to head out into the Outback, choosing diesel engine will ensure you are always able to source a supply of fuel. If you opt for a petrol engine, you may have more difficulty as this can sometimes only be found in metropolitan areas.

If you would like further advice about the benefits of choosing a diesel pump, contact an automotive service centre today.