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How the pandemic has changed Brits’ car buying habits

How the pandemic has changed Brits’ car buying habits

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The coronavirus has drastically altered the car-buying habits of close to 14 million Brits, according to new research. 

Changing Car Buying Habits due to Covid 19

The coronavirus has drastically altered the car-buying habits of close to 14 million Brits, according to new research. 

Though the easing of lockdown measures did result in a release of pent-up buying demand, some 7.5 million motorists have now admitted that the impact of the pandemic has meant that they are now less likely to buy a new or used car. 

However, there are glimmers of hope for the car industry yet. In fact, 6.4 million drivers say that they are now more likely to change their car in the coming year, with 51 per cent of these people admitting that they’re planning to buy a brand new model.

On top of this, 20 per cent of these drivers said that they wanted to use their personal car more in order to avoid public transport, while 18 per cent said that they had seen the environmental impact of using their car less during lockdown, so were now looking to make the switch to a greener, more efficient vehicle. Despite this, of the 2,000 people surveyed by Kwik Fit, just eight per cent said that they planned for their next vehicle to be an EV

Roger Griggs, communications director of Kwik Fit, said:

Coronavirus has changed so many lives this year that it’s no surprise people are altering their car buying plans, but we were astonished to see just how many drivers say they are more likely to buy a new car as a result of the pandemic. No matter if it is a new or used car people are buying, we would advise buyers to do their research as the lowest price is not always the best option, and be sure to get all appropriate documentation – especially for used cars – to ensure they have been maintained properly.


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