You could be forgiven for thinking that diesel cars are a poor investment given the current moves towards improving air quality and curbing emissions.
However, there are a number of signs that buying a diesel car in 2019 might not be the worst idea, as Honest John points out.
According to the news provider, the average price of a used diesel vehicle has dropped considerably in the past couple of years, falling from an average of £14,327 at the start of 2017 to £12,849 by the end of 2018.
Concerns over whether the government will penalise diesel drivers in the future could be one of the reasons why they are seen as less desirable by some motorists, despite their many advantages.
Among them is that they’re much more fuel efficient than their petrol counterparts, on average by 15 to 20 per cent.
There is a catch, however. Diesel cars are best suited to long drives at consistently high speeds. In fact, this is necessary as driving at high speeds is what helps the diesel particulate filter (DPF) regenerate and self-clean.
If you’re only using a diesel car for short journeys around a town or city, where you rarely get up to any significant speed, your DPF is likely to get clogged up and this could mean it needs cleaning out or even replacing.
So, you may want to consider a diesel vehicle if you predominantly do longer drives, and you could pick up a bargain, but you’re probably better looking elsewhere if you normally use your car for errands around a town or city.
Registrations of new diesel cars in the UK fell in January, although the Society of Motor Manufacturers noted that registrations for petrol vehicles, as well as hybrid and electric autos, both climbed last month.