Running costs are now a more important factor for car buyers than reliability, according to a new poll.
Just 24% of those questioned by AA Personal Loans said reliability was their top concern when looking at new cars, compared with 33% in March.
Fuel economy is now the main deciding factor for 45% of motorists – up 17% in the last six months.
AA Personal Loans chief executive Mark Huggins said: ‘Despite falling petrol costs, our first car purchase index shows that the current financial climate is making people reconsider their options when buying a car, and looking for something cheaper to run is a good way for a family to economise.’
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Drivers’ second most important reason for changing cars is that their current model is too old and needs replacing. Reliability is now the third most important factor.
AA president Edmund King said the recession is already having an impact on car sales and warned of tough times ahead for the car industry.
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