If you are in the market to buy a new vehicle, one of the most important things you will need to consider is its fuel. Gasoline and diesel are the two most popular fuels that are readily available in the market today. They are used in everything ranging from small motorcycles to large heavy-duty commercial vehicles. With that said, the question now arises, which one is easier to maintain?
While this may depend on the type of engine you will want from your new vehicle, there are a few key differences that may make or break your purchase. With that in mind, we will give you a quick list of things to consider before you buy a gasoline or a diesel-powered vehicle in terms of its maintenance costs. It is important to note that we won’t be using exact figures as this will vary between manufacturers as well as the engine type. We also won’t be adding fuel prices into consideration as they will fluctuate.
A diesel-powered vehicle will generally need to be maintained less compared to its gasoline-powered counterparts. The reasoning behind this can be attributed to two different reasons. The first reason is that a diesel motor does not use spark plugs, hence one less part to worry about changing or replacing. The other reason is that diesel engines are generally more efficient, this means that these types of engines will be less prone to general wear and tear. It also means that having a diesel-powered vehicle can be more economical especially if you will use it for more than your typical commute. The generally higher cost of maintenance will be offset by the vehicle’s longer uptime and the fewer visits to the gas station.
However, it is important to remember that more major maintenance costs for diesel vehicles are generally more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts. This is because of the additives that automakers have added to their diesel engines to make them more environmentally friendly. These can be expensive to replace or replenish. Another thing to consider is the replacement parts of a diesel engine as these can be expensive as well.
Ultimately what you are paying for when going with a diesel-powered engine is the power that it produces along with its efficiency. While maintenance costs will be higher than that of a gasoline-powered car, you recoup your loss when it comes to lower fuel costs and better fuel economy.
A gasoline car will generally need to be maintained more often than its diesel counterpart. This is because of the addition of spark plugs that need to be replaced every so often depending on the manufacturer. This is on top of the change of filters and oil that is usually part of a preventative maintenance service.
That being said, even if gasoline-powered vehicles require more visits to the service center the maintenance bill will be more affordable especially if a component within the engine itself breaks and will need to be replaced. That being said, what you pay for is cheaper maintenance costs but at the cost of more frequent visits.
To answer the question, which is easier to maintain, the answer is, it depends on the vehicle make, the number of kilometers driven, and the load of the vehicle. All of these factors can affect its maintenance cost in one way or another. In general, if you plan on driving long distances a diesel-powered vehicle will be the better option. Otherwise, if you plan on using your vehicle as your daily commuter, then a gasoline-powered car presents itself as the better and more cost-effective option. Make sure that you also factor in the price of fuel before you go out and buy a diesel or gasoline-powered car as it can add to your vehicle’s running costs.