Sustainability – how it affects your car

Jürg Schneider, Automobile Workshop Manager

The Duden German dictionary defines sustainability as: "The principle that no more may be consumed than can grow again, regenerate or be made available again in the future".

When applied to private vehicles, this means that the period for which a driver uses his car has a major impact on the sustainability of his or her energy balance.
Grey energy, which is the energy used to manufacture, transport, store, sell and dispose of a car, corresponds to the energy consumed by one Swiss household in 10 years (source: WWF Switzerland). It follows that the decision to buy (or not to buy) a new or a different vehicle has a major impact on the sustainable energy balance of an entire family.
Fuel consumption is of secondary importance in relation to the overall energy balance.

It is important for the vehicle to be well maintained and properly adjusted so as to minimise negative environmental impact. Climate protection is the key issue here. It makes perfect sense to continue using cars with combustion engines. A decision on investing in a vehicle that has, for instance, over 150,000 kilometres on the clock depends on the estimated level of costs expected for maintenance, less potential proceeds of sale.

Expertise accumulated over many years as well as specialist technical equipment are needed to estimate these figures properly. At our workshop in Ried bei Kerzers, we undertake investigations of this sort to give you an objective assessment of your vehicle.

Until the end of November, we are offering diagnosis at the special price of CHF 160.00 per vehicle (the price will then increase to CHF 190.00). If any maintenance work is carried out in our workshop, we credit 50% of the price of your diagnosis against the cost.