Switching to a less polluting car is the number one reason drivers are planning to buy a vehicle this year, according to new research from AA Cars.
Nearly a fifth (17%) of drivers are planning to buy a car in 2021, with three-quarters (74%) of them intending to buy second-hand.
A third (33%) of people buying a brand new car, and almost a quarter (24%) of those buying used, say switching to a less polluting car is their primary reason for changing vehicle in 2021.
The findings are borne out in official sales figures of second-hand vehicles from the first three months of 2021. According to the SMMT, sales of used Electric Vehicles (EVs) grew 48.3% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2020, aided by the increased availability of pre-owned EVs. Sales of plug-in hybrid cars also grew 32.1%, and hybrid cars by 16.6%.
The increased demand for green cars may be due partly to the Government’s plan to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, but also to Britons’ growing interest in sustainable living and helping the environment.
AA Cars’ research also found a fifth (20%) of drivers are planning to change car this year because they are bored of their current vehicle, while one in 10 (11%) say they need a bigger car.
Demand for used cars remains high on the AA Cars site, with visits up 54% in April compared to the pre-pandemic level of February 2020.