New research commissioned by Seat Ireland has revealed 50 per cent of the 495 Irish respondents would choose a diesel car, compared to just 32 per cent who would prefer a petrol car. This figure showcases how diesel cars are still very much front of mind for Irish motorists.
According to the Seat research, Irish motorists would like to change their car every three years and almost one in three (28 per cent ) have researched three different models prior to buying a new car. Of those surveyed, 75 per cent either fully understood or had some understanding of all car finance options available to them.
When it comes to important factors that make or break Irish people’s decision on buying a new car, space came out on top. The research results have uncovered that most Irish people (14 per cent ) made the switch to a newer model as they needed a larger car for their growing family.
When asked what was the most difficult element of driving with children in the car, 27 per cent said ensuring the safety of young passengers was the most difficult. Another element parents found difficult was keeping their children entertained while on longer journeys (25 per cent ).
More than half of Irish people currently have two cars in their household and 32 per cent have owned those cars for one or two years. Some 86 per cent of respondents use their current car every day, to commute to work or to travel short distances, and when it comes to the running of their current car, Irish motorists highlight insurance, fuel and road tax as their top three financial concerns. When it comes to looking after their vehicle, more than half of survey respondents know how to change a tyre (52 per cent ).