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Q: Is petrol cheaper than diesel? ( Answered ,   1 Comment )
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 Subject: Is petrol cheaper than diesel? Category: Sports and Recreation > Automotive Asked by: 1stflight-ga List Price: \$40.00 Posted: 09 May 2006 01:03 PDT Expires: 08 Jun 2006 01:03 PDT Question ID: 726835
 ```I am considering trading my petrol vehicle for a diesel as I have started a new job which means I will be clocking up approx 300-800kms per week. Please note this question relates to prices in New Zealand only Taking into consideration the additional costs of running a diesel vehicle over a petrol: 1) Road user charges (apt to change at the whims of government)are not applicable to petrol vehicles. 2) Services are more frequent and more expensive than petrol vehicles. Could you please assess these expenses and relate them to a "cost per litre" basis, e.g. taking into consideration the extra frequency and costs of servicing a diesel and road user charges - this would add \$??? per litre of diesel. This would give me an accurate indication of the "true" per litre cost of diesel in comparison to that of petrol - then I will know whether to trade my current vehicle in for a diesel or to keep it!! Many thanks 1stflight```
 ``` The AA offers a running costs comparison. It is free for members and cost \$7 for non members. http://www.aa.co.nz/motoring/Section?Action=View&Section_id=275 According to the AA, a petrol car needs servicing every 10,000 km and a diesel every 5,000km. The price of a bronze service is \$110.00. http://www.aa.co.nz/motoring/Section?Action=View&Section_id=154 Road user charges. \$32.15/1000km Source: NZ government. http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/publications/docs/road-user-charges.pdf You will be travelling approximately 40,000 km. Petrol servicing. \$110 x 4 = 440 per litre = \$0.11 Diesel servicing. \$110 x 8 = 880 per litre = \$0.22 Diesel RUC = 40 x 32.15 = \$1286 Diesel Additional costs for servicing/year are \$440 Petrol savings are \$40/year RUC \$1286 Additional costs for diesel per year = \$1686> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-12%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=nz+petrol+diesel+cheaper&lr=> ```
 1stflight-ga rated this answer: `Well researched and good consideration given to query`
 ```I assume you know that diesel fuel is cheaper than petrol, since you talk about maintenance costs. If you're thinking about it for the long run, I assume diesel would be cheaper, since petrol vehicles are not designed usually for long hauls and hard power. Diesels are expensive in maintenance, but more designed to be robust and long-lasting, so when the whole time is over, I believe you spend less with diesel. If you're thinking of the short-term (using a car for a year then getting rid of it immediately after), petrol would be cheaper.```