Car buyers go Christmas shopping

Research has found that 46% of in-market car buyers expect to purchase a vehicle before the year is over.

What Car? asked 1,596 in-market buyers whether they were likely to buy a car before the year is over, with 46% of new car buyers planning to purchase in the next month and 42% of drivers searching for a used car.

Those looking to purchase a fully electric vehicle were most likely to postpone their purchase until 2022.

Of those not intending to buy until 2022, 34% are set to purchase in the months between January and March, and 23% expect to buy between March and June, while 14% are looking to buy after June 2022. Another 28% have yet to decide when they will buy.

Steve Huntingford, editor, What Car?, said: “Our research suggests a busy end to the year, with buyers still active in the market, and a relatively steady period of demand for the first three months of the year. After a tumultuous 2021 that’s been compounded by the microchip shortage, this should be welcome news to the sector.”