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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 2016


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THE CHEAPEST CARS TO RUN


Smaller engines can be cost


effective. The choice of a 1.0 litre or a 2.0 litre engine isn’t just about pure horsepower. A large engine will usually burn more fuel than a smaller one. So engine size is a vital consideration if fuel economy is an important factor in your decision. This depends on how you use the car - a small engine is most efficient when it’s used as intended, such as to potter around town. If a small engine is used at high speed, it’ll need to work much harder to keep the car moving - thus burning more fuel. Petrol cars tend to be cheaper


than diesel. Diesel engines are often more economical than their petrol


counterparts. But, don’t be fooled into thinking this definitely makes diesel a better option. These cars are more expensive, and they usually cost more at the pump t h a n petrol.


Manual cars are cheaper than automatic. Switching between gears is extra work - particularly to those of us prone to stalling at traffic lights. Yet, while automatics take some of the hassle out of driving, they come with a higher price tag. Hybrid cars are cheap to run,


but cost more to buy. Technology is improving everyday with modern hybrids coming in all shapes and sizes, from superminis to luxury SUVs. Fuel-economy and cheap or even zero tax rates make part-electric models appealing, like the Toyota Prius. They also tend to hold their value for resale. Research CO2 emissions, as it


affects the duty you pay. Buyers of the most polluting cars pay the most road tax. So, choose a car (such as the emission-free hybrid Toyota Prius) that produces less than 100g of CO2/ km and you’ll pay nothing at all. Smaller cars are cheaper to insure.


If you’re looking to save money, you’ll want a car that’s cheap to cover. The cheapest to insure tend to have a lot in common, including size. Put simply, it’ll cost you more to insure a 4x4 than a small city run around.


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