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Research predicts EV surge over next decade

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Motorists are set to make the shift to EVs over the next decade but just 3% are considering the move in the next six months, according to new research.

The results of reserach carried out by Sainsbury’s Bank Loans show that 41% of adults believe they may make the switch to an electric car over the next decade, with 23% considering purchasing one in the next five years.

The surge is not likely to be immediate, however, with just 3% of those who intend to buy a car over the next six months planning to choose one powered by electricity, compared to 52% who will opt for a petrol vehicle, 22% who plan to buy a diesel car and 14% who will opt for a hybrid.

One in ten (11%) did, however, say they are ‘seriously considering’ buying an electric vehicle for environmental reasons, increasing to 16% who would seriously consider doing so if all petrol stations and motorway services had electric charging points.

Sainsbury’s Bank research found that recently introduced vehicle tax changes were affecting the vehicle choice of many motorists.

One in five who plan to buy a car (19%) said they would deliberately avoid buying new vehicles with higher petrol or diesel emissions because they are more expensive to tax, and 15% said they would deliberately spend less than £40,000 on a new car in order to avoid the vehicle tax surcharge.

Sainsbury’s Banks head of loans, Robert Oag, said: “Over the last six months around four in ten of our personal loans were arranged by customers in order to buy cars.

“As well as considering the type of car that’s going to be economical for you, and the environment, it’s important you consider the best way to finance the vehicle too.

“Right now, personal loan rates are very low which means monthly repayments and total interest could work out lower than some other finance options. Make sure you do your homework and make a decision that best suits your needs.”

Of those planning to buy, 6% said they had bought a diesel or petrol car since April 1 this year and been caught out by the new vehicle tax rules, while 13% said they were unaware that the calculations had changed.

Concern over potential future rules is also proving a deterrent to buying diesel vehicles for some motorists, with 19% of buyers saying they would deliberately avoid buying one because they fear new rules such as city centre low-emission zones would be introduced that would cost them more money.

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Sainsbury’s Bank offers the following tips for those looking to buy a car:

  • Check the new vehicle tax rules carefully before you buy – while some pure electric cars remain eligible for no tax, this is not the case with low-emission hybrids or combustion-engined cars, though tax is now partially calculated based on the level of CO2 emissions. You can check the new tax rules here
  • Know the market: the What Car? Target Price for each make and model is a good guideline
  • When a new model or facelifted version of a car is launched, or is imminent, the ‘old-look’ model can be bought at a greater discount.
  • Larger discounts are often available before the introduction of new registration plates.
  • If asking for a drop in price is a daunting prospect, try getting additional extras thrown in with the deal, such as a SatNav, Bluetooth or metallic paint.
  • Make sure you’re fully decided on the car you want, and on your budget. Don’t be persuaded into spending more than you can afford – and if you don’t like the deal, walk away.
  • Shop around. Visit more than one dealer to compare prices and test their willingness to do you a deal. Let them know you’re considering other options.
  • Never respond too quickly to an offer/deal. Pause before answering – or say you’ll think about it – to let the dealer know that you’re not desperate.


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