Lots of people in Australia and all over the world love to drive classic or muscle cars. Racing lovers enjoy their powerful muscle cars with their roaring engines a great deal despite that these vehicles offer such poor fuel efficiency. And many vehicle collectors and average households continue to drive old, classic and worn down vehicles for the sake of sentiment or because they think that these older vehicles are more affordable to drive.

With so many people driving old vehicles, you have to wonder; should you be driving a sustainable car in 2020 or is it ok for you to blend in with all the rest and continue to drive your old car? 

How Older Vehicles Affect the Environment

One of the biggest reasons to invest in a newer vehicle is so you can reduce air and soil pollution and reduce the demand on natural resources.

A decline in natural resources

 Older vehicles consume a lot more natural resources such as oil and gas from the environment compared to newer vehicles that are properly maintained and in good condition. Cars require lots of natural resources such as oil, petroleum, gas, and rubber to keep them running and older vehicles offer much higher consumption per kilometre than never vehicles. 

Air pollution

Older vehicles also emit a lot more toxic gasses that pollute the air and cause global warming. Gasses like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and others are produced in much higher quantities by older vehicles. These toxins result in the following conditions:


  • Global warming due to a weakened ozone layer
  • Increased cancer rates
  • Increased eye irritation
  • Increased heart diseases
  • Increased asthmatic conditions
  • Increased birth defects

Land and water pollution

Leaks and constant repairs are also more frequently seen in older vehicles. Oil leaks, gas leaks and radiator cooling liquid leaks will eventually end up polluting our natural water resources as well as all soil that these leaks fall upon. Repairing older vehicles also result in landfill pollution because all of those old parts and plastics will need to be disposed of.

Driving a Sustainable Car Will Benefit the Environment

When you consider all of these pollutants and contaminants as well as the higher demand on natural resources that your old car has then it becomes quite clear that you do need to switch over to a newer vehicle this year. 

Over the past 10 years, we have all seen our world change a great deal due to the impact of vehicles. If something isn’t done soon, our world could be in a lot of trouble in just a few years. 

By simply driving a newer and more sustainable vehicle you can help reduce air, land and water pollution and the demand for natural resources is reduced significantly.

Driving a Sustainable Car Also Benefits You

Yes, newer and more sustainable vehicles are more expensive to buy. These vehicles will be more expensive to pay off than that old rust bucket that was paid off years ago. But driving a sustainable car benefits you in the long run. Here’s how:


  • Your fuel consumption is reduced which saves you money
  • Your car requires fewer other fluids such as oil, air-conditioner gas and cooling fluid which also saves you money
  • These vehicles feel better and are more comfortable to drive
  • A new car can boost your social status significantly
  • New vehicles are an asset you can eventually resell
  • Newer vehicles are more sustainable to drive


Decided that it is time to upgrade to something more sustainable this year? Cash 4 Cars Melbourne is happy to buy your old car from you. The company pays a fair price for old and run-down vehicles and they are part of the recycling industry which ensures that your old car will eventually be turned into something sustainable that is better for the environment.