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Q: I am planning to lease a car for three years and would like to buy it out and sell it privately instead of lose money trading it in to a dealer. What car companies offer the best resale value in Canada? And are there options that will help maximize my car’s resale value?
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Showdown: Diesels vs. HybridsWith stricter fuel economy rules on the horizon, automakers have announced upcoming diesel-powered vehicles, which some see as a more realistic (and profitable) alternative to hybrids. We weed out the hype from the truth.

Diesel Pros
• Diesel engines have 20 to 40 percent better fuel economy than similar-sized gasoline engines.
• Diesel engines have 10 to 20 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) than comparable gasoline engines.
• Diesel engines have more low-end power (torque) than similar-sized gasoline engines, resulting in greater driving performance and faster acceleration.
• Diesels have greater vehicle driving range.

Diesel Cons
• Diesel fuel is not available at every gas station.
• The price of diesel has spiked more dramatically than gasoline—and premium fuel.
• Until clean diesels that pass tougher California emissions standards start arriving this fall, current ones produce more harmful emissions than gas models.

Hybrid Pros
• Full hybrids emit nothing while waiting at the drive-through or stopped in traffic.
• Automakers claim a 10 to 15 percent improvement in fuel economy for “mild” hybrids, about 20 percent for compact cars and up to 50 percent for full-sized V8 SUVs.

Hybrid Cons
• The real-world fuel-economy advantage of hybrids has been questioned, especially for highway commuters and cottagers.
• Questions linger about battery disposal and replacement costs for older models.

Michael Bettencourt test drives more than 100 new vehicles a year and is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.