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Car buyers list concerns about how Brexit will affect motoring

Car buyers are concerned the Brexit result will push up the price of fuel and insurance, according to an AA poll.

AA Populus poll of 19,619 drivers between July 12-20 this year shows that almost half of drivers (46%) are very concerned about how Brexit will affect their motoring.

Another 36% of respondents said they were concerned about at least one of the issues listed below.

The top concerns were:     concerned        unconcerned

1. Higher fuel prices                                      63%                             16%

2. Higher insurance                                       57%                             19%

3. Poor Euro exchange rates                          56%                             20%

4. Cost of EU medical care                             55%                             22%

5. Higher travel costs abroad                          50%                             23%

6. Cars more expensive to buy                        45%                             25%

7. More time at border crossings                      39%                             34%

8. Bureaucracy driving in EU countries              38%                             27%

9. Access to breakdown assistance in EU          31%                             31%

10. Have to change EU licence & passport        29%                             35%

11. Having to keep car longer                          15%                             38%

12. Duty free limits                                         15%                             44%

Young drivers and those from Wales and Northern Ireland were most concerned about higher insurance costs. Drivers in the 18-24 year-old category were more likely to be concerned or very concerned at the prospect of higher fuel prices.

Drivers in Northern Ireland were much more likely to be concerned about stricter or more time consuming border controls.

Younger drivers expressed more concern across the board with potential effects of leaving the EU with the exception of possibly having to keep their car for longer.

Edmund King OBE, AA president, said: “The AA did not take a stance on Brexit as we felt it was up to our members to make up their own minds.

“However, this poll so soon after the referendum shows that many drivers are concerned about the potential for higher costs or more hassle travelling in Europe.

“We trust that our Brexit negotiators will be working hard to ensure that UK drivers can still enjoy safe and relatively hassle-free driving across Europe in the future. However, last weekend’s channel crossing chaos shows that procedures already need to be improved even before any official Brexit."

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  • Mike - 26/07/2016 12:18

    Why the negative angle? Why is it not 'over half of drivers are NOT concerned about Brexit' ????

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