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Diesel or petrol: making the choice

One of the first decisions that you have to make when picking up your first car is whether you want to go with a petrol vehicle or a diesel one.  Today, we’re going to take a look at the differences between the two, and which one is likely to suit you best.

In the UK, diesel can be more expensive than petrol, with fuel pricing favouring the latter.  As well as this, the advances in petrol engine technology has led to increased levels of efficiency, bringing it closer to diesel.  As a result, the diesel premium – typically between £1000 and £2000 on an otherwise identical vehicle – can now be seriously questioned.

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How a regulatory change could raise company vehicle tax by 30%

A new regulatory change could lead to businesses having to increase their vehicle tax budgets by up to 30 per cent, if the latest reports are to be believed.  Today, we’re going to take a look at the changes that are being slowly put in place, and the impact that they could potentially have.

The plan is to introduce a new vehicle emissions test dubbed the Worldwide Harmonised Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP).  It’s believed that the current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) has been failing to provide a realistic picture of fuel consumption, and the new measures could help to increase the accuracy of the data.

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Fuel prices still the major motoring concern

With the freeze on fuel duty in this year’s budget, motorists had every right to be relatively pleased.  However, new research from the British Car Auctions (BCA) has shown that the price of fuel is still the biggest concern for UK drivers.

70% of those surveyed by the BCA stated that fuel costs remained the issue that worried them the most. Unfortunately, this is by no means the first time it’s caused concern: fuel prices have been topping the motoring worry table since at least 2010.

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Rising cost of motoring hits Britain’s poorest drivers

A rising cost of motoring is beginning to hit Britain’s poorest drivers, with 800,000 motorists spending at least 31 per cent of their disposable income on buying and running a vehicle, according to figures recently released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Our nation’s poorest drivers, including the lowest 10 per cent of households in the UK, spend £51.40 a week buying and running a car, including £16.40 on buying fuel, £9.50 on insurance and £6.10 on repairs, out of a total weekly budget of just £167.

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Fuel duty 2014 plans frozen

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced that fuel duty has been frozen until May 2015, in a move that will strongly appease motorists.

Mr Osborne first suggested this idea in September and will now maintain fuel duty at its current rate of 57.95 pence per litre, the same level it has been since March 2011. Duty will now be frozen until May 2015, for the remainder of the current parliament.

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