Motoring: One man’s loss is another man’s gain...

Joseph Bulmer

Paul Jolly, classic car specialist and valuer:

I have been quietly wondering if an opportunity might arise here and all of a sudden, the evidence is unequivocal and it is happening.

Diesel cars... stick with me for a moment.

The bad guys on the block are diesels and the good guys are electric - but here’s the thing.

Electric is not delivering at the moment or at least, not for us in rural areas like Devon and Cornwall.

The infrastructure, range and recharging facilities just aren’t there and not all of us have access to or can afford home charging points.

I fully recognise that internal combustion does not go hand in hand with larger conurbations where electric works well.

But that is not the case for us here.

ULEZ restrictions have meant that some fabulous diesel cars are now excluded and a point in question were two amazing 10 year olds I bought from Londoners recently.

An Audi Allroad 2ltr at 25 per cent of cost new and a Mercedes E350 estate at under 10 per cent of cost new.

Needless to say, I kept the Merc but the Audi found a rural family buyer very quickly.

A client wanted a replacement Toyota Rav 4 SUV petrol but even auction prices were over 25 per cent of cost new for a 15 year old which was silly.

Then I pointed out the diesel equivalent was £65 less to tax, achieved 10mpg better on all counts and could be bought for nearer 10 per cent of cost.

Job done and car bought!

For the moment, do not feel any guilt about buying a diesel - after all, they are cleaner and use up to 40 per cent less fossil fuel.

Lower Co2 per km emissions are rewarded by reduced road tax charges.

While diesel particulates are not good in cities, these get washed out of the atmosphere to ground by precipitation along with other airborne matter such as tyre wear degradation and dust.

Diesel fuel will be around a long time as most vans and commercials use it along with every construction and agricultural vehicle you can think of.

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