Buying an eco-friendly car should be high on your list of priorities, if you’re currently entering the market for a new vehicle. Cars are an everyday part of billions of lives, but the damage they can do to the environment is often irreparable.
You won’t have to purchase a custom-built eco car to help the environment, though. You just have to do a little bit of research into the manufacturer, and take note of the details of the car you wish to purchase. There are certain things to watch out for, and certain things to avoid.
- Things to look out for before purchasing a car
As everyone knows, cars burn fuel to create movement. This burning releases harmful chemicals out your exhaust, and this process is imperative to the function of the car. You can’t stop it, but you can choose a vehicle that emits a lower amount of harmful gases.
This information can be hard to come by, though. It’s not something all the big car manufacturers will put front and centre. If you aren’t sure, consult with your dealer. A site such as Autoworld gives you the option to make an enquiry into a particular car before you buy, so do it! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, it’s your money.
Generally speaking, a car with less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions is good enough to be considered ‘eco-friendly’ to a certain degree. Additionally, smaller cars are more fuel efficient than larger cars. This is due to them having less weight to shift, so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard. This results in reduced toxic emissions, and less damage to the environment. Cars like the Renault Clio Expression emit less than 100g CO2, and it’s becoming more and more common every day.
So, size and CO2 emissions, but is there anything else you should be looking out for? Fuel efficiency is imperative, and it will tell you how much fuel your car will use per mile. Again, consult with the dealer or manufacturer to find out a car’s MPG (miles per gallon). The higher the MPG, the better the fuel efficiency, and the gases emitted per mile is reduced.
Other tricks to look out for are air conditioning. If the car you are buying has air conditioning, the use of this system can be a hefty drain on fuel costs. It can increase costs from 13% to 21%, which means that car will be less eco-friendly than one without air-con. If you know you’ll never use it, great, but removing that temptation early on will save you the worry.
All in all, buying a more eco-friendly car isn’t rocket science. There are several key points to look out for, most notably the amount of CO2 emissions. Even if you already own a car there are things you can do to reduce fuel consumption; change the way you drive or change fuel grade, for instance. We all share this planet, and are all responsible for its safety. Start doing your bit today!
For more eco-friendly advice, check out our article on how to become a more environmentally friendly driver.