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Negativity plagued the media in 2017 about the emissions output of diesel cars and the threat of higher taxes for those who owned one, and as the general public caught on, diesel sales have subsequently suffered.
Buyers who would have been pushed towards a diesel car a few years ago, may now be thinking of avoiding one due to the threat of heavier taxes, but the current guidance on diesel cars remains unclear.
Below, Trusted Dealers provides information for prospective car buyers on the current pros and cons of buying a diesel car.
Diesel Cars: the facts
Diesel cars typically emit less CO2 emissions than petrol cars, but they produce more nitrogen oxides which can be harmful to people and the environment. Diesel emissions are thought to contribute to the early deaths of around 40,000 people in the UK every year.
In 2018, the situation remains that drivers of diesel cars are currently being hit with inflated taxes along with legislation to outlaw the use of these vehicles in the future.
In the Autumn Budget 2017, Chancellor Phillip Hammond imposed increases to car tax which will come into effect from next month. Diesel drivers will now face paying up to £500 more car tax as a result of this change.
Diesel cars can still be a viable option for many drivers. Financially then can provide more miles to the gallon and diesel engines are also better prepared for longer journeys.
If you are seeking a new or used car, Trusted Dealers advises buyers to take time to carefully consider your daily requirements and choose the right car to meet those needs.