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Choosing a Volkswagen Car Dealer

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Cars such as used Volkswagen New Jersey are really something many people look forward to buy. Used VW NJ is reliable and those tough cars have been around for many years. They are affordable and perfect if you are looking for used cars. However, more important than choosing which type of a car you should buy, is choosing a trustworthy car dealer.

Find out a good car dealer through the internet. They have honest reviews about car dealers. Read through many reviews provided there, they will give you a good idea about the true repute of the dealer.

• Always remember to ask your dealers questions like, what is the purpose of selling this particular car, what is the mileage, is there any warranty, has the car been through some accident or remodeling, what is the history of the car, what are the maintenance records, does the car actually belong to him, what are the special features of the car. Also it is important that you ask him to do an inspection and a test drive on your own.

• Ask from the people around you. You will find a lot of family members and friends in your circle who might know a good car dealer. Most people welcome advices as well as like sharing their own personal experiences. It is always better to take advice rather than doing it on your own.

• Dealers might try to trick you by taking extra money from you for items you might not need. Save yourself from falling in the trap and avoid purchasing all the items that you do not need.

In all, whether you are to buy a new car or a used one, a car dealer is whom you are most likely to turn to. Especially when it is about used cars, dealers are the people most sought after. If you are residing in New Jersey you can get access to many car dealers whom you can trust. Gensinger Volkswagen is a family-owned and family-operated Volkswagen Dealership in Clifton, NJ. He is a VW Dealer in Clifton starting automotive business in 1950, the oldest Volkswagen Dealership in New Jersey.

Choosing Petrol or Diesel Cars

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Petrol or diesel? This is the question to be asked when you’re looking to buy a car. Let’s take a look at three factors to determine the choice between a petrol car or a diesel one: economy, running costs and driving preference.


Because British refineries have concentrated their efforts on producing petrol in recent years, diesel is noticeably dearer here than in other European countries; where CO2-related tax structures also add to diesel appeal (CO2 output being directly related to fuel consumption).

A petrol car might deliver up to 30% less fuel economy than a diesel equivalent, but it still might end up being cheaper to own over three years (see Running Costs below). There’s also a possibility that diesel will become more expensive still if discussions to tax fuel according to its energy content turn into reality: diesel contains around 10% more energy than petrol.

One point to bear in mind when comparing official mpg figures, petrol or diesel, is that they’re obtained in laboratories. For a more accurate representation of what you’re likely to achieve in real-world motoring, What Car?’s True MPG provides fuel consumption figures obtained by real drivers on real roads.

Running costs

Running costs are a much bigger issue than fuel consumption. These costs include all the non-fuel factors such as servicing, insurance, purchase price, and depreciation – all of which can vary considerably between petrol and diesel versions of the same car.

Diesel-powered cars tend to be more expensive to buy and service than their petrol counterparts, although the ‘diesel premium’ reduces in relative terms as cars get bigger.

The most influential (and most overlooked) factor in running costs is time. Depreciation is the biggest cost in car ownership, so resale values play a huge part in deciding whether a petrol or diesel car will be more cost-effective overall.

On the upside, diesels are generally cheaper to tax and insure. It’s also true that the more miles you cover; the more likely you are to save money by choosing diesel.

As an example, the Fiat 500 diesel does nearly 14mpg more than its 1.2 petrol sister, but its purchase price is £2400 higher. On economy alone, owners would need to cover more than 130,000 miles in the diesel before the fuel economy/purchase price equation levels out. Once servicing costs are factored in, the petrol car builds its advantage, ending up more than £900 cheaper to run over three years or 36,000 miles.

Driving preferences

If a buyer has a negative opinion of diesels based on a car they drove 10 or even five years ago, it’s time to think again. Engineering advances have now blurred the line between petrol and diesel, both in performance and refinement.

A diesel develops maximum torque – the ‘shove’ you need to pick up speed – at lower engine revs, allowing you to change up through the gears earlier. This relatively narrow power band can make manual gearchanges a chore, but modern automatics work very well with diesel engines.

Today’s diesels can be smoother than petrol engines too – especially the two- or three-cylinder petrol units that are a popular choice for manufacturers looking to boost fuel efficiency.

Good diesels are currently around 35% efficient, petrols around 27%, but companies such as Mazda are closing the gap by producing petrol engines with diesel-like torque, and diesel engines with petrol-like response. New-generation petrol engines are becoming smaller, lighter and more efficient, with no loss of performance.

One important factor to bear in mind when choosing diesel is the increasing use of diesel particulate filters (DPFs). In mixed driving, these filters work fine, but if your lifestyle is mainly town-based, you should think carefully before buying a DPF-equipped car. A diet of low-speed urban motoring will clog DPF filters, and the manufacturer’s suggested regimen for unclogging them doesn’t always work.

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