Diesel technology grows in popularity
Diesel technology has changed dramatically over the last decade and are diesel engines are not just in large trucks anymore.
Whether you are driving a compact car or a heavy duty truck, Beckwith’s Car Care has a diesel specialist who is trained to properly service your vehicle.
If you haven’t looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in this information. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, it generates more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful trucks that are always thirsty.
There are still many misconceptions about diesel powered vehicles. Let’s debunk some of the myths.
1. Diesel Burns Dirty
This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.
2. Diesels Are Sluggish
Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.
3. Diesels Are Loud
Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today’s diesels run quiet.
4. Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.
Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At Beckwith’s Car Care, wefrequently service diesel cars and trucks with over 300,000 miles. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.
What about the drawbacks? Cold weather starting is one. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem. Talk to your cheerful Beckwith’s Car Care service advisor for more information.
If you are in the market for a new car that’s easy on gas, you might want to explore your diesel options. You may even qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more pricey due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the MPG and longer engine life.
Bottom line? Today’s diesel is not your grandfather’s diesel.