The report found that acceptance of diesel in the used market is on the increase, and in fact mirrors strong sales in the new car sector. About 19% of motorists in this year's survey had bought a diesel-engined car in the last two years, which is equivalent to 1.25 million units. This is up 4% on last year.
And the figure is likely to rise further with 20% saying they would buy a used diesel. Three quarters stated better fuel consumption as a reason for buying, while just under half claimed 'the engine lasts longer' and a third reckoned diesel engines were more reliable. Only 13% chose diesel for environmental reasons.