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New drivers opt for new cars

Buying a new HyundaiMore than a third of drivers opt to buy new cars on finance after they’ve passed their driving test, according to new research.

A survey of 1,371 UK drivers by motoring solicitor specialists, Motoring Offence Lawyers, indicates that 38% of new drivers shun bangers for brand new cars.

Economy was credited as the main reason for this, with 32% believing newer cars are more fuel efficient than older cars.

Aspirational attitudes are also contributing to this change, with 28% of new drivers choosing cars with the latest technology, such as Bluetooth speakers, mobile integration, parking cameras and sensors.

A quarter (25%) claimed it is more cost effective to buy a new car through the help of a variety of finance schemes now available for first time car owners.

Nearly one in three (31%) said they would have been embarrassed driving an old car when they first passed their test, while just one in 10 (11%) were given a hand-me-down car when they passed their test.

“It’s interesting to see how many newly licensed British drivers are now preferring to choose a brand new car, rather than selecting a traditional second hand one or even hand-me-downs,” said Matthew Miller of Motoring Offence Lawyers.

“Given the aspirational nature of millennials and the range of more cost-effective models and finance options available, it’s not surprising to see that new drivers are aiming higher.

“However, I still believe that traditional second hand cars will remain a viable option for many first-time drivers as they have been over the past few decades, but perhaps now these older cars will only be called upon for a shorter period of time just while they get to grips with the roads.”

Birmingham is the banger capital of the UK – with just 21% of newly licensed drivers opting for a brand new car. Manchester is the new car capital, with 49% opting for a brand new car when they pass their test.

Top 5 new car cities
Manchester – 49%
London – 47%
Oxford – 45%
Liverpool – 42%
Bristol – 41%

Bottom five new car cities
Birmingham – 21%
Newcastle 23%
Glasgow – 24%
Sheffield – 25%
Cardiff – 26%

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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