Cars are a very interesting topic that many passionately like to discuss. The appearance of the car and the make may be fascinating topics but, another important aspect is choosing the right fuel type. It is very important and this depends on the utility of the vehicle. Let us learn about the pros and cons of each fuel type to understand which is best for your car.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Car
- What is the primary purpose of the car?
- In terms of saving money, which fuel works best?
- Which fuel ensures the best maintenance of the vehicle?
- Do I need a big or a small car depending on my needs?
|Cost is less when compared to their diesel counterparts||Fuel economy is less when compared to diesel cars|
|Many models are available in this fuel type||Emits more CO2 and in turn, increases tax|
|The maintenance cost of a petrol engine is lower than diesel cars of the same make and model||Some Petrol cars do not have a good resale value due to depreciation|
|Petrol cars work well in all weather conditions||Petrol engines are not best suited for large cars such as SUVs and trucks|
|Diesel cars have a higher fuel efficiency compared to their petrol counterparts||Diesel cars cost more when compared to petrol cars of the same make and model|
|In most cities, it is cheaper than petrol cars||Many small cars are not available in diesel|
|Diesel cars require less maintenance and are more durable in comparison to petrol cars||Diesel vehicles emit smoke. Inhaling this smoke can often trigger/cause an Asthma attack|
|Slower depreciation would aid in higher resale value||These engines are not good for high-speed drive|
|Diesel engines are perfect for large cars like SUVs and trucks||Starting a diesel vehicle in cold weather conditions can be a struggle|
|It is the most suitable for driving in areas with high altitude||Diesel engines are noisier when compared to petrol engines|
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
In India, the two most popular fuels used are petrol and diesel. The third most popular fuel is Compressed Natural Gas, which is available as an alternative in many petrol cars. One can use this with a CNG conversion kit. A CNG switch can help in switching between petrol and CNG, depending on the availability and need of the driver. Here are the pros and cons of CNG cars:
|Environment friendly||In India, a very minimal number of states have CNG gas stations|
|Economical||CNG tanks require more space|
|CNG keeps the engine clean||CNG gas kits are expensive but it can be covered by saving on fuel costs|
|A car can be run on CNG or petrol depending on the driver’s comfort|
|Requires minimal lubrication|
|CNG tanks are safer compared to petrol/diesel|
After you choose the preferred fuel type, one must pay attention to the type of insurance they should buy. It is mandatory and of prime importance that all car owners have at least third-party motor insurance. Insurance can save one from a major crisis in a time of need. To know about different types of insurance, click here!
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