buying a second hand diesel car

Should I Buy A Second Hand Diesel Car

SHOULD I BUY A SECOND HAND DIESEL CAR? 

 

Despite declining in popularity for a while, diesel cars are making a comeback – namely because they are proven to be both economical and reliable. Want to buy a used diesel car? Follow this SPOTiCAR guide. 

 

WHY BUY A USED DIESEL CAR? 

 

Diesel has been a favourite engine type over the years thanks to several advantages, including fuel consumption and taxation. In fact, diesel cars have as much as a 73% market share in the UK. But diesel’s reputation has been damaged, some say unfairly, as a result of concerns over urban pollution levels. Contrary to popular belief, the diesel engine still offers many advantages over other engines. SPOTiCAR has a wealth of insight in this area to help you choose the used diesel car that’s right for you. 

 

ADVANTAGES OF A USED DIESEL CAR 

 

Diesel isn't the enemy. It’s actually the opposite! More economical, greener than ever before and safer than petrol engines, this engine type appeals to heavy wheelers, young drivers and people with tight budgets. Here’s a quick overview of just some of the benefits to buying diesel: 

 

  • Environmental credentials: Diesel emits 20% less unburned hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide than a traditional petrol engine. Thanks to the latest technological innovations, such as the particulate filter and the SCR system (Selective Catalytic Reduction), which eliminates 90% of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), diesel engines have good records of environmental performance when compared to their petrol counterparts. 

 

  • Economical: Diesel engines consume around 15% less fuel than petrol equivalents and can go for greater distances between re-fuels. You can save roughly 2 litres of fuel for every 100 miles travelled by choosing a used diesel car. 

 

  • Reliability: One of the more well-known benefits of a diesel engine, you get a longer service life than with a petrol engine. On the second-hand market, for example, you can find used Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf diesel cars with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer that are still in perfect working order. 

 

  • Resale value: Thanks to these multiple qualities, diesel vehicles tend to benefit from good resale values – including used cars like the Volkswagen Golf, PEUGEOT 3008, Renault Mégane, Audi A3 and Mercedes Class A. 

 

WHAT ARE THE BEST DIESEL ENGINES? 

 

We recommend choosing turbocharged diesel engines for high levels of performance and a fast engine.  

 

The most coveted diesel engines on the market today are: 

 

  • 1.6 and 2.0 HDi and BlueHDi engines from the Stellantis Group, fitted to Peugeot, Citroën, DS and now Vauxhall cars. Plus, there’s a new 1.5 BlueHdi 130hp variant just launched to gradually replace the 1.6 version 

  • VW Group TDi engines, found in Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda used cars 

  • The DCi engines which can be found in many Renault, Nissan and Dacia models 

  • Multijet engines available on Fiat and Alfa Romeo diesel cars 

  • TDCi engines, known as the EcoBlue engine on Ford models 

  • CRDi engines found in Kia vehicles 

 

Before buying a used diesel car, make sure that the owner has carried out all the necessary revisions according to the manufacturer's recommendations – and get copies of all invoices. 

 

WHY BUY A USED DIESEL CAR FROM SPOTICAR? 

 

Buying a used diesel car from a professional network like SPOTiCAR provides you with assurance you’re getting a working vehicle that has been checked for both performance and quality.   

 

Driving away with a used diesel car from SPOTiCAR also means you receive a range of exclusive benefits, including: 

 

  • Minimum 12 months warranty 

  • 12 Months Roadside Assistance 

  • Comprehensive multi point check 

  • Vehicle history & mileage check 

  • 30-day vehicle exchange programme 

  • Manufacturer retail experience from trusted brands 

  • Part exchange of your previous vehicle 

  • Finance options & Extended Warranty available 

  • Professional advice and support 

 

With SPOTiCAR, you can purchase a Peugeot, Citroën, Vauxhall and DS Automobiles used diesel car from one of our trusted retailers or agents to avoid classic problems associated with second-hand car purchases, including lack of technical checks, incomplete maintenance reports and hidden defects. 

 

For satisfaction every step of the way, you can count on SPOTiCAR for all your used car-buying needs. 

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