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Re: Petrol vs Diesel car, and other simple questions about cars in CH

I wouldn't say there's fewer diesels, but there is a difference in price of between 8 and 11 centimes a litre so it's something to think about.

It really depends on how much mileage you think you'll be doing each year. We had a petrol Qashqai before, but bought a diesel version last year because with the mileage the OH does day to day for work it made better sense (we've had the car a year and done over 43,000). Better miles per gallon, fewer services (every 30,000k as opposed to only every 15,000 for petrol) plus it's exempted from the CO2 tax or whatever it is for the first 4 years due to its rating which also saves around CHF400-450. We travel to the UK twice a year and fill up in France because the price difference is reversed there with diesel being much cheaper than either Switzerland or the UK.

You should be able to get a 4 year lease option, it's quite normal here. It's also worth checking whether your employer has a "deal" with any car dealers/tyre suppliers, etc, in the area. It's not as common as it used to be, but sometimes they will give good discounts to certain companies' employees when buying cars, tyres, etc. So it's worth asking your employer if they have any arrangements.
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