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Understanding Your Options When Buying An Eco Friendly Car

Knowing your options when looking for an eco friendly car is a must if you want to make sure you buy the right one. In a world where so many cars and modes of transport are affecting the environment in a negative way, buying an eco friendly car can be a wonderful way to make sure you’re not adding to all of that.

However, there are things you should do before you go out and buy your eco car. Read on for a few actionable tips and to understand your options better when eco car shopping:

Look at the Label

So, you want to buy a new car. In general, new cars are much better for the environment than older cars. However, you should look at the label to make sure the car you’re looking at buying is an eco friendly choice. You’ll find that most of the cars on display in car showrooms have a colour-coded fuel efficiency rating. The coding runs from band A to G. A and B represent the cars that emit the least CO2. The label also contains other information, such as the running costs you can expect for the car over 12,000 miles. This is really helpful, so make sure you pay attention. It could be a good idea to take pictures of the labels of the cars that you like the most so you can compare later on before making your decision.

Diesel cars tend to cost more than petrol cars, but they use less fuel and so don’t give out as much CO2. That being said, petrol cars produce fewer toxic emissions and fuel tends to cost less in general. To make sure you make the right choice, you should have a think about where you do the majority of your driving. If it’s long distance driving, then the diesel engine may be best for your needs. If you drive around town, a petrol engine could be better for you. Buying an eco friendly car is important, but you also need one that’s going to suit your needs and driving style. Buying the wrong type of car could cost you a lot more in the long run. You can use wraps for cars and trucks to make a decent amount of money as you drive, but that doesn’t mean you should spend any less time deciding what kind of car to buy.

Buying Cars That Use Greener Fuel

It’s possible to buy cars that run on a more environmentally friendly fuel, although these aren’t always easily available.

  • Biofuels come from renewable sources.
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas cars are also an option. This type of car gives off lower toxic emissions than diesel and older petrol engines, but fuel consumption is a little worse.
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) operates quietly and gives off fewer toxic chemicals than normal fuels. Many petrol and diesel engines can be converted to run on CNG.


Make sure you take all of these things into consideration when you go shopping for your new car.




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