Diesel engines have long been popular for vehicles, thanks to their improved performance, ease of maintenance and better fuel economy when compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts. It is important to understand the distinctions between the two types of engines before making a purchase. Here's what you need to know.
Diesel engines tend to be a bit louder than gas ones, but that still doesn't mean your engine should be especially noisy. Particularly when shopping for used vehicles, take care during the test drive to pay attention to how the engine sounds and feels, especially when going uphill or driving on bumpy terrain. If the engine is much noisier than you would expect for a car of its age, it is likely that the engine hasn't been cared for properly.
Less Maintenance Required
Diesel engines are structured differently than gasoline engines, and this means that they don't require as much ongoing maintenance to keep the engine running smoothly. You will still need to keep up with regular oil changes, brake pad replacements, tire rotations and other common maintenance tasks. Refer to your owner's manual or ask your mechanic for guidance if you are unsure of what needs to be done and when.
Diesel engines typically produce more emissions than gas varieties, and the smoke emitted is usually darker in color. When you first start up a diesel engine, it is normal to see a small puff of dark smoke coming from the exhaust pipe, but this should subside after a few seconds. If the dark smoke continues to pour out, you should find a different vehicle to buy, as smoking exhaust could signal engine problems.
Interior and Exterior Features
Check the interior and exterior of the vehicle for any damage. While a few minor dents and scratches are nothing to worry about with a used car, more serious damage could be a sign of other issues. If the previous owner couldn't be bothered to care for their vehicle's appearance, it is likely that they have neglected some of the engine maintenance aspects as well. Look for a vehicle that has been well-cared for, both inside and out.
When you head to the gas station, you have probably noticed that diesel fuel is usually more expensive than gasoline. Don't let this turn you off diesel engines, though. Despite the higher fuel cost, diesel engines get more miles per gallon than gasoline engines do, so you'll make fewer trips to the pump, saving you both time and money in the long run. Depending on the specific vehicle you choose, your fuel economy could be up to 30 percent higher than for a similar car with a gas engine.
Buy Your Next Diesel Truck at Chillicothe
Here at Chillicothe Truck and Accessories, we have a wide selection of used diesel vehicles available for purchase. Our selection is constantly changing, so you never know when we might have your dream truck in stock. Stop by the dealership today for a test drive.