Jan 29 2010 Maurice Glover
Drivers switch to diesel
MORE drivers are switching to diesel power in a bid to stretch their motoring budgets.
Cars with petrol engines are being swapped for models driven by heavy-oil fuel in the wake of spiralling forecourt costs.
'Motorists are looking to cut costs after the return to full-rate VAT. Fuel prices are definitely playing a part in the choice of car and with diesel models offering a much more economical performance, more of our customers are making the switch from petrol,' said Carcraft hypermarket sales director Mike Walsh.
'Models like the Renault Megane Scenic, Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Focus offering more than 50mpg economy are in high demand,' he said.
According to car advice site honestjohn, 2010 looks set to be the year of the good value used car - but buyers should take extra care over checking the condition of vehicles.
'Low supply pushed up values last year, but prices will be more realistic as supply meets demand over the next few months.
'However, the deep freeze has made its mark on Britain's roads with hundreds of thousands of potholes and every one of them can do unseen damage to the wheels, tyres, body and suspension of the vehicle.
'Used car buyers should be especially watchful over vehicle condition before doing a deal,' said spokesman Dan Harrison.