Picking Between Gas And Diesel Vehicles

January 29, 2020 2:16 pm Published by

The battle between gas and diesel vehicles has raged on for decades, and it can be hard to decide between the two fuel types. Each engine has its benefits, but they serve very different purposes in the long run. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of each of these types of engines and much more, come into your local U Pull & Pay today. Our expert staff will help get you the tools, parts, and knowledge that you need to easily take care of any DIY projects that you want to tackle this year.

Initial Costs & Maintenance

One of the most important factors for most car owners is the predicted expenses for your new vehicle. On average, diesel cars and trucks are more expensive than their gas counterparts. The engine block is heavier and more sturdy in order to handle the more forceful combustion used for diesel. Diesel trucks also usually come with more premium transmissions in order to handle the higher torque output from the engine. Diesel cars and trucks also come with more advanced emission control equipment and many come with built-in turbochargers. Overall, you can expect to pay between $5,000-10,000 more for a diesel vehicle.

Fuel Efficiency & Emissions

Diesel engines are still more fuel-efficient than gas engines, but diesel is also substantially more expensive than baseline gasoline. Given that diesel prices are currently about $.60 higher than gas per gallon, this fuel efficiency will probably not be saving you too much money, though fuel prices can vary greatly depending on where you live. Not all stations will even have diesel, so you may find yourself driving around in an effort to find a fill-up station.

Emissions aren’t usually the number one factor in deciding your next car, but if you are interested, there is a substantial difference between these two engines. Gasoline fueled engines produce more carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions while diesel engines emit more nitrogen oxide emissions. Both engines produce dangerous emissions, so there isn’t one that stands out as the “green” option.

Towing Capacity

Gas-powered vehicles are generally lighter than their diesel counterparts, which you would think would give them the ability to handle more weight. The reality is that diesel engines push out a substantially higher amount of torque, which will allow you to easily tow RVs, boats, or any kind of payload. If towing is what you are looking for, diesel engines are the answer.


This category is where diesel engines really come into their own. On average, a diesel engine will last about 50% longer than a gas engine. The average life expectancy of a gas engine is right around 200,000 miles, whereas a diesel engine will last around 310,000 miles. You can always extend your engine’s lifespan by taking proper care of it, so make sure that you take care of any issues the moment they show up. Your diesel vehicle will also have a higher resale value, which should come as no surprise given that they are more expensive to begin with.

If you are interested in learning how you can easily handle any DIY auto repair project, come into your local U Pull & Pay. Our DIY experts will help you get all the parts you need for a price that you’ll love.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling