Comparison of Gas and Diesel Trucks
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When looking into the vast array of pick up trucks available on the market, from
Chevy to Dodge to Ford it can be very difficult choosing the exact truck to
best suit your requirements. One of the main problems which buyers seem to have
is Gas or Diesel - which engine type is best? Many factors come into play, like
noise, power, gas mileage, available options, and the number of miles you
expect to put on the vehicle.
We hope this article will be useful as you choose among the wide selection of
truck available at NorCalCars. If you do not see the truck you are looking for
in our inventory, feel free to contact the NorCalCar dealers to see if they can
find the exact model you are looking for.
In truth there is no right or wrong answer to this as a number of issues need
to be taken into consideration, and they will all have an impact on your final
decision. Some of the main points to consider are:
Diesel Performance - Gas Performance
If you are just looking for a truck for local journeys, rather than long
distance travel then a gasoline truck may suit your requirements better as
diesel engines tend to be more economical over longer distances. Diesel truck engines
also offer better economy if you are looking to tow additional equipment, and
are more suitable for more heavier work.
While every vehicle you ever buy will reduce in value the more mileage covered,
diesel vehicles will retain their value better than the more common gasoline
vehicles due to the long term economies of diesel (and the longer life span of
a diesel engine). Diesel engines are also more robust and due to the ever
growing market for used diesel vehicles, you should have no difficulty finding
a buyer as and when you decide to sell.
While not necessarily a major issue for business use, diesel engines are often
much nosier than gasoline engines, even though diesel engine technology has
shown some great advances over the last few years as well even when using quieter diesel exhaust systems.
Diesel vehicles are notoriously difficult to start on cold winter mornings, although once “warmed
up” you will have no difficulties. Gasoline engines tend to start better, even
on colder morning, and are generally quieter.
While gasoline is significantly cheaper than diesel in the US, the overall
effect is minimal when comparing the higher efficiency of diesel engines - in
fact over longer distances diesel engines are cheaper to run. While the price
of oil remains volatile, there are situations when gas and diesel prices can
fluctuate many times throughout the day. However a number of websites available
to monitor pricing around the US, and an example of these sites can be found at
Detroit Gas Prices or you can search for the cheapest gas prices
here at NorCalCars.
Effect On The Environment
We live in an age where vehicles which have more of a detrimental effect on the
environment are likely to be taxed at a higher level. The comparison between
gasoline and diesel engines has moved on from the earlier diesel engines which
while economical in amount of fuel used, were prone to release a constant
stream of thick smog like vapors.
Now a days the new style of diesel engine produces less “smog” vapor, although
overall the levels released are still higher than gasoline engines. However
gasoline engines release more of the carbon dioxide gases which have been
directly attributed to global warming. Many argue that because diesel engines
are more efficient over longer journeys, they use less fuel which compares
favorably against the gasoline engine. There are pros and cons for each type of
engine in this area.
While there are many gasolines, and to a lesser extent, diesel vehicles
available on the market it really is a case of considering what you require
from your vehicle, whether it be long journeys, short journeys, towing, etc.
All of these issues will have an impact on the engine type you choose, although
the impact on the environment is set to play a larger part in future decision.
Governments around the world are moving towards higher taxation of vehicles
which release harmful pollutants, and this seems set to continue for some time
We hope you have found this article useful in making your decision. NorCalCars
is happy to provide a wide selection of used gas and diesel trucks for you to
choose from. All of our dealers are conveniently located in Northern
California. Northern California Cars (NorCalCars) services the entire North
State, from Yreka and Redding to the Bay Area, Eureka to the Nevada Border, and
all points in between.
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