my initial arithmetical exercise indicated that I could save nearly £700 by taking out a personal motoring lease as opposed by the one offered as a 'perk' by my NHS employer. Well, this analysis of fuel costs using the figures for the cheapest local garage from petrolprices.com indicates that there may be even further pennies to be pinched. Improvements in fuel economy with advances in automotive technology are a factor to take into account when choosing between buying a new and used car.
Even if my compact Czech built beauty just equals the fuel consumption of my current misnamed Fiesta Econetique there is a small saving of about eighty quid to be had because the new car uses petrol rather than more expensive diesel. Not to be sniffed at if you consider that this would easily buy a couple of weeks worth of groceries. The savings are more substantial the nearer that mpg figure gets to the official estimate of 67.3. Information across a few sites on the Internet suggest true consumption might even creep near the 60mpg mark. If so, might the reduction in fuel costs alone pay for a ferry crossing to France with the motorhome? That's my benchmark of a saving that is well and truly worth having!