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Will Eco Motoring Options Save Me Money Too?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you are on a motoring budget, you might be put off the idea of eco motoring as you fear that it will be too expensive. Fortunately, eco motoring does not have to break the bank as there are options that are affordable even on a budget. Driving a greener car can save money too as the fuel emissions of your car will be lower, meaning that you pay less on road tax and company car tax.

What Are The Best Eco Motoring Options?

Although buying an eco-friendly car will often cost more than a conventional car, driving one does not need to put a big dent in your bank balance. Some of the best eco motoring options include:
  • The SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive, which costs around £11,000
  • The Honda Civic Hybrid, which costs around £16, 300
  • The Renault Megane Sport Hatch Expression, which costs around £13,000
  • The Citroen C3, which costs around £13,000
  • The Ford Focus ECOnetic, which costs around £15,800
  • The Renault New Laguna Hatch, which costs around £17,100
  • The Skoda Fabia Estate, which costs around £13,100
  • The Peugeot 207 SW, which costs around £13,900
  • The SMART Fortwo Cabrio, which costs around £10, 500

Can Eco Motoring Options Save Me Money?

Eco motoring options such as hybrid cars and electric cars can save you money in the long term. For outgoings such as road tax and company car tax that are related to you car's carbon fuel emissions, driving an eco friendly car can significantly reduce these in line with the lower carbon fuel emissions that it puts out. See our article on 'Can Hybrid Cars Save Me Money?' for more information on this.

If your car has a diesel engine, you can easily make the switch to using biofuels, which are more environmentally friendly than traditional petrol and diesel. Motoring experts usually recommend combining biofuels with diesel, as many car manufacturers are unsure of how using biofuels alone will affect engines that were originally intended to run on diesel. When biofuels are more readily available in the UK, biofuels are expected to be cheaper than petrol and diesel, making them a preferable alternative financially as well as environmentally. See our article on 'Will I Save Money Using Biofuels?' for more information on whether using biofuels will help those on a motoring budget to save money.

Eco motoring does not have to be expensive. You can buy an eco friendly car on a motoring budget, and driving one can even save money in the long term when it comes to things such as road tax and company car tax. Using the more environmentally friendly biofuels in your diesel-powered car (in conjunction with diesel) is expected to bring fairly substantial savings for motorists when they are more widely available in the UK. If you are prepared to spend a little more money buying an eco friendly hybrid car, you will often find that this cancels itself out in terms of the savings that you can reap on road tax and company car tax in the long term.

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