Is petrol cheaper than diesel?
Category: Sports and Recreation > Automotive
Asked by: 1stflight-ga
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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
Re: Is petrol cheaper than diesel?
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 15 May 2006 08:09 PDT
<According to AA PetrolWatch, the cost of running a new petrol car with fuel consumption of 10 kilometres a litre is $1.00 more per 1,000 kilometres than an equivalent diesel vehicle. This saving won?t necessarily offset the increased servicing costs an older diesel will incur. The days of cheaper diesel running costs compared to petrol are probably over for some motorists driving older diesel vehicles. Source: The New Zealand Automobile Association https://www.aa.co.nz/media/media/Section?Action=View&Section_id=252&Story_id=3106 According to AA PetrolWatch, petrol has risen 32 cents per litre, and diesel has risen 35 cents per litre, since the beginning of January. https://www.aa.co.nz/media/Section?Action=View&Section_id=252&Story_id=3270 The New Zealand government has an online calculator that will allow you to work out how much a particular car, engine size and fuel will cost. http://www.fuelsaver.govt.nz/> 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> <Search strategy:> <nz petrol diesel cheaper> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-12%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=nz+petrol+diesel+cheaper&lr=> <Hope this helps.>
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Re: Is petrol cheaper than diesel?
From: techtor-ga on 09 May 2006 01:47 PDT
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.
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