Diesel Vs Petrol Car Decision Making Calculator
We had written about this Diesel Vs Petrol Car decision making calculator back in 2012, when the petrol prices were going through the roof and diesel prices were relatively quite low. Now the scenario has changed quite a lot. Diesel prices have been increasing every month for past 6-7 months and it is interesting to see if the Diesel vehicles really maintain their edge.
The decision making calculator (link at the end of the post) gives you an excellent idea of which vehicle should you buy. Should it be a Diesel vehicle or should it be a petrol vehicle.
In our view, if you do not drive much, petrol car is a no brainer. However, if you do travel a lot, that too over long distances, you should definitely give this calculator a try. In certain cases, even if you drive quite a lot, owning a petrol vehicle can actually be quite beneficial.
Thanks to Petrol prices going through the roof, Diesel cars are now in great demand.
Many car buyers blindly make a decision to buy a Diesel car, however, the question is – Are Diesel cars really that beneficial to everyone?
To simplify the process of making decision of buying Petrol Vs Diesel car, a software engineer from India, Aravinda VK has developed a simple calculator. This calculator can be used to analyze and decide which car is economical based on car buyers’ planned usage.
The car buyer has to just input his loan details, his usage details, expected fuel efficiency of the cars. The calculator will then immediately tell what the cost of running a Diesel car Vs a Petrol car will be for each year. From some of the calculations I made, here are some generic conclusions that could be arrived.
1) If your car runs less than 20 Kms a day on average (about 600 kms a month), running a Petrol car will be cheaper for first 5 years atleast. I guess majority of home users will be in that bracket. So for them Petrol car is definitely the choice.
2) If you are on road frequently, Diesel is definitely the way to go because by 3rd year the cost of running a Diesel car becomes cheaper.
The calculator created by Aravind does not include Maintenance cost and generally, it is assumed that Diesel cars have about 25% to 50% higher maintenance cost as compared to Petrol cars.
Give Diesel Vs Petrol car comparison tool a try – I am sure it will help car buyers who want to make that decision.