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Manual vs. Automatic

Manual vs. Automatic

Posted On 04 Oct, 2017

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At a time when automation is really taking off, could the manual car soon be a thing of the past? Hertz Rent2Buy UK looks at this rising trend in the motor industry.

Here in the UK, we’ve traditionally been pretty fond of our manual cars. In fact, if you look at anywhere that is selling used cars, you’ll probably find that most of them are manual. Our cousins across the pond, however, tend to shy away from manual cars, as they much prefer a completely clutchless motor. So which option is best, and what should you be looking for when you’re selecting a used car?

Firstly, let’s look at why Americans have such a love story with automatics. It all comes down to ease. Automatic transmissions are, quite frankly, a piece of cake. The car does all the hard work for you, with little need for multitasking or hand coordination en route. The result is a rather smooth, and some may argue a stress-free drive, especially if you usually drive in busy city centre conditions with an almost constant need for clutch control. Sounds good, right? Absolutely! But automatics do have a downside.

Automatics can be somewhat temperamental, repairs can be costly, and the fuel efficiency of automatics isn’t exactly fantastic. Manuals, on the other hand, may require a little more effort but are generally more hardy, quick, easy, and most importantly cheap to repair, and aren’t gas guzzlers. Passing your driving test in a manual also gives you the choice of whether to buy a manual or automatic in the future, while passing in an automatic means that you’re destined to be paired with an automatic forever.

However, the car industry is quickly evolving, and things today aren’t quite so black and white. In fact, some Fords for sale in the UK now have what’s known as a ‘Powershift’ dual clutch transmission, which falls somewhere in the middle. A dual clutch offers an automatic transmission with a fuel efficiency similar to a manual for a good middle ground. Can’t decide what’s best for you? Why not try out different transmissions with the Hertz Rent2Buy service and easily find the right car for your driving needs.

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