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Hi team, I have been served at India-drive in a great extent in this field of travel and car culture and I feel it's my pleasure to contribute up to a certain extent at which I have done quite a bit of research during the time of my car buy. I hope this would help a lot of members who are in a plan to get their first car when one gets into a confused state of choosing between buying a petrol car or a diesel car which is quite a common deal in everyone's mind. Please do correct me if I go wrong anywhere and you are pleased to throw your views on this and so, here I go. Advantages: Petrol cars are usually cheaper when compared to diesel cars primary reason being their low manufacturing cost. Diesel cars are more fuel efficient and so they command a better price in the resale market. Petrol cars are powerful when compared to the diesel cars. Petrol engines are relatively silent when compared to diesel engines. Diesel engines emit less CO2 emissions thus availing tax benefits in comparison to petrol engines. Disadvantages: Service for diesel cars are relatively expensive when compared to the petrol cars. Also, spares for diesel diesel variants also come with a higher price tag. Petrol cars deliver lower fuel efficiency when compared to the diesel cars. Also, the price of petrol sums up to the overall running cost of the car. Diesel cars are considered to be slightly underpowered than the petrol versions. Petrol cars do not command a good resale value in the used car market. Diesel engines often run into compliance issues with environmental norms. Petrol versions haven't been much of a success with bigger vehicles. Should I buy a Petrol car or a Diesel car? Buy a Diesel car if, Your monthly mileage is around 1500 kms - 2000 kms i.e. ~50 kms/day. The price difference between the petrol and diesel models is around 50,000 INR. You are looking at operating your car as a Taxi. You are going to keep the car for at least 10 years. Buy a Petrol car if, Monthly running is less than 1500 kms i.e. <50 kms/day. The price difference is around 1 Lakh INR. You live in a small city where distances aren't great.