Has COVID-19 Changed You Car Buying?

Thu 8th Oct 2020

A new report published this week has suggested that the car buying habits of the UK public have been seriously impacted by the pandemic.

Research of more than 2,000 UK adults by Kwik Fit found that more than half of 14 million car buyers are now less likely to buy a new or used car as a result of coronavirus. However it is not complete doom and gloom for the industry as 6.4 million drivers are now more likely to change their car over the next 12 months due to the pandemic.

The report also found that one in five drivers wanted to use their car more often because they wanted to avoid public transport during the crisis. Eighteen per cent of drivers were now more mindful of buying a greener car after seeing the impact on the environment, however only eight per cent said they expect their next car to be an electric vehicle. Fast chargers and range anxiety remain the two biggest concerns to buying 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.”