GOING greener is a major reason why people want to buy a new car this year according to new research.
Shifting to a less polluting vehicle is the number one factor in people wanting to buy a new car according to research by AA cars.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of used electric cars have increased by 48.3% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2020.
The surge in sales of electric cars comes as there is an increase in availability for pre-owned green vehicles.
The increase in demand also could be due to the Government’s aim to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, but also due to the increased desire in Britain to help the environment.
James Fairclough, CEO of AA cars said: “The environment has become increasingly important to many people in recent years, but it is still surprising to see that the desire to drive a less polluting vehicle is now the number one reason drivers give for wanting to buy a car.
“With the Government’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles now just nine years away, both the demand for and supply of, electric vehicles is improving fast. More electric vehicles are now on sale than ever before, including on the second-hand market.”
He added: “Many second-hand electric vehicles are nearly-new, driven for just a few years under a car finance agreement, but it is recommended that drivers organise a warranty for the car if it is outside the manufacturer warranty period.
“For those who would like to try an electric vehicle before committing to buying one, the AA’s smart lease allows drivers to lease a brand-new electric vehicle for a fixed price which includes servicing and maintenance, car tax and VAT.”
Research from AA cars also found that almost a fifth of drivers in the UK have expressed their desire to buy a new car this year, nearly 75% of those say they want a used vehicle.
The findings come from official sales of second-hand cars from the first three months of this year.
Demand for used cars is high on the AA car site as visits are up by 54% in April compared to the pre-pandemic level in February 2020.