Comment: UK car sales see first drop for six years
The SMMT have today reported that UK car sales have suffered the biggest fall since 2009. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds:
It seems declining consumer confidence in diesel vehicles is partly to blame for less drivers buying new cars. Sales of diesel vehicles fell by 31% in December alone – perhaps to be expected after the new diesel levy announced in November’s Budget and a ban on fuel-powered cars planned from 2040.
Diesel used to be the second most popular fuel-type after petrol, but it seems hybrid cars are now preferred among car buyers. Our research shows 21% of drivers admitted they would opt for a hybrid vehicle as their next car, compared to just 12% choosing diesel.
Drivers are fed up with the rising costs of owning and running a car, including the cost of car insurance, car finance and road tax. These rising costs mean that drivers are more reluctant to fork out a large sum for a new car. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.
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