Have you pondered over this question?
While buying a car these days, a majority of us prefer to buy the diesel variant of the car of our choice (if its available), as compared to the petrol one. Even though the diesel variant comes:
- at a higher purchase cost than the petrol variant (atleast sets you back by Rs. 1.0 Lakh)
- with costlier maintenance (atleast Rs. 2500/- more than the petrol variant)
- with vibration & noise (It ain’t as smooth a drive like the petrol variant!) – though many diesel vehicles have improved here;
- and is known to be more polluting than the petrol variant!
One of the primary reason why diesel cars are preferred in India is: Diesel is cheaper than Petrol!
The other being, diesel cars give a better mileage as compared to petrol cars.
One more: I’ve got a friend here at Bangalore, Rohan (RJF), who’s quite unique amongst the friends I have here. (He’s got a diesel engine in his head, instead of a human brain, specially fit from FIAT, Italy). To quote him – if you would be driving majorly in the city, go for petrol. However, if you would be driving on highways quite often, go for diesel. Hmm… logical. He also gave me a long explanation, which was quite appropriate, however… technical. 🙂
So, is it really worth buying a diesel car, anyway?
Okay, here’s where I kick start my Gujju brain…
(Note, the figures below are approximate.)
If you buy a petrol car – saving approx. Rs. 1.00 lakh – that can buy you about 1970 litres of petrol at the prevailing prices, for that amount — and drive atleast 26000 kms.
At the same time, to make up for the additional Rs. 1.00 lakh that you pay for a diesel car, it would need you to spend atleast Rs. 2.9 lakhs to buy 7692 litres of diesel, which otherwise you would’ve spent about Rs.3.9 Lakhs to buy the same 7692 litres of petrol — thus saving you Rs. 1.00 lakh.
So, do the figures get you the right perspective now?! 😉