Thinking of getting a New Diesel Astra - But don't do much mileage

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  1. uzi123

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    Hi guys,

    Hoping someone on here can help me with a decision I’ve got to make as I don’t have a massive interest/knowledge of cars. I’m considering leasing a vehicle and have been quoted a very good deal on a brand new Vauxhall Astra CDTI 1.7 SE for £210 per month over a 24month contract. After shopping around a lot this is pretty much the best deal I could get on this type of sized car.

    The only issue is I probably won’t do more than 5000 miles a year. The equivalent petrol model is £255 per month. I’ve read up a bit about Diesel, and I’m not overly fussed that I won’t make a saving in terms of mileage as I don’t do that many miles. Paying more at the pump and not getting any benefit is annoying but there is still a £45 per month difference between the two!

    My big concern is maintenance. I don’t want to have to be paying for repairs on a Diesel car because of me not driving it enough. Having spoken to Vauxhall they say their warranty doesn’t cover a regeneration that may be needed if the car is not driven on a motorway for about 25 minutes every week and the filter gets clogged up.

    I guess I’m just trying to gauge how common these issues are? I don’t want to be caught out with unnecessary repair bills. I will definitely be driving for at least 25 minutes a week, but I don’t know if it will be on the motorway! Having said that I also don’t want to have to take the car on the motorway every week just to maintain it as that seems like a waste in fuel too!

    Any advice will be appreciated.
     
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    Petrol dearer to lease because of worse residuals.
     
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    He won't be paying repair costs surely, as it is a lease.
    The fuel cost is negligible and £45 more per month is gonna cost more than the fuel difference.
    It's a no brainer for me, I would just take the diesel. Saves £45 a month, and if/when you do long journeys it will cost you less.
     
  5. uzi123

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    Nope I would be responsible for the repair costs unfortunately, well whatever isn't covered by the warranty at least.

    It's not so much the actual cost between the two as I can't even afford the petrol version so that's out of the question. I can't seem to find a decent priced petrol to lease so if I don't lease the diesel I will probably end up buying second hand.
     
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    Well if it's a new car it will be covered by the warranty, and I assume you won't be keeping it long term, so I would not worry about any potential DFP etc issues.
     
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    Are you not leasing a brand new car? If you are, the warranty will cover DPF and any of those types of issues.
    What size of car do you need? You can lease a VW Up for around £100 a month.
     
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    Get the diesel and stop worrying about the DPF.
     
  9. uzi123

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    If the DFP is a long term issue maybe I am worrying about nothing...

    Yeah it is a brand new car, but the sales rep at Vauxhall said their warranty doesn't cover the DPF regeneration. He said it costs about £70.

    Unfortunately I do need something around the size of an Astra the Up seems a bit small and from the ones I've seen are only 1.0.
     
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    I think it's highly unlikely you'll get any problems whatsoever over such a short period of time (24 months). Buy it and don't worry about it.
     
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    Even if the DPF did happen to go wrong, £70 is hardly anything to worry about.
    Have you looked at all other brands?
     
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    I agree it's not the biggest deal but I don't want to have to pay it numerous times when I'm paying enough for the car itself.

    I've looked at other brands but this seems to be the cheapest car I can get on a lease for its size.
     
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    I've got a 56plate focus TDCI which are notorious for dPF problems but in the 6 months I've had it I haven't had any problems, the DPF was replaced when I got it , it's mostly used round town but I do take it for a blast every week if I can

    If you had a regeneration every 2 months (you won't) it'd still be cheaper than running the petrol Astra

    Which company are you leasing with , is it a 3+23 as it seems very cheap or is there a big deposit
     
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    It is 3+23. No deposit, just the initial payment. Leasing it from Jet Vehicles.
     

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