Despite the recent debates over diesel vehicles, and the government announcing that it is going to ban the sale of them from 2040 to fight against air pollution, drivers remain defiant in their plans to purchase diesel cars. So much so, in fact, that the price that used diesels cars are selling for increased by 6% in August year on year. Meanwhile, searches for diesel cars rose between May and August too. According to research carried out by Auto Trader, not only are people still buying diesel cars, they’re willing to pay more for them too.

Diesel is most popular fuel

The Auto Trader research also uncovered that 55% of consumers have been searching for diesel cars over any other fuel type. In addition, half of those who already own a diesel car are intending to buy a similar vehicle the next time they’re in the market for one. This suggests that those who own diesels still see them as being the best type of car to own, even though they have been shown to be detrimental to the environment.

Auto Trader has said that its research shows that the public still has a strong appetite for diesel cars. The negative press  surrounding them doesn’t seem to have put people off buying them.

It also seems that people are happy to keep hold of their old diesel vehicles. Diesel car adverts only increased by 0.3% year on year, suggesting that those who own them aren’t concerned about what they’ve been hearing and are happy to go on driving their current models.

Diesel bans around Europe

It’s not just the UK government that is warning people about the effects that owning a diesel car has on the environment. Cities around Europe are also acting to try to make their air cleaner and their roads less toxic. They are doing this by planning a range of different bans, with some cities planning to enforce these sooner than others.

Oslo in Norway, for example, is currently going through a temporary diesel ban. This was put into place at the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, Barcelona has vowed to ban cars more than 20 years old from its roads from 2019.

Working to a similar timescale to the UK, Paris will have a ban on new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. With the more immediate future in mind, Athens aims to have all diesel cars and trucks off of its roads by 2025.

Making diesel drivers pay

As well as banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, the UK government is also introducing a tax for those who drive older diesel cars that don’t meet the strict Euro-6 emissions standards.

Interestingly, the research carried out by Auto Trader also suggests that consumers are finding the task of buying a new car more challenging. Buyers are feeling confused and anxious about the news surrounding different fuel types and the new taxation penalties for diesel drivers are no doubt further clouding the issue.

Working together

It is important for motorists to focus on the fact that both the government and car manufacturers are working together towards the same goal of creating better air quality. This is why they are introducing safer, more efficient cars to the UK’s roads.

This is reflected in the fact that so many car manufacturers are now offering diesel scrappage schemes. Their goal is to get older, more polluting vehicles off of the roads, and to help their customers to purchase cleaner models. This approach will help to reduce the overall level of toxins released into the air.

With this in mind, it is vital that drivers don’t let negative press control their decisions about which cars to buy, and that they complete their own research to gain a good understanding of the options available.


Has the recent negative publicity made you feel more inclined to ditch your old diesel in favour of a different fuel type? Or do you plan to stick with diesels for the foreseeable future? Leave a comment to let us know! 

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