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Fuel prices free up motorists’ wallets and alter shopping habits, according to Motors.co.uk

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03 18, 2016 | Posted in Statistics | 0 comments

As UK drivers enjoy a drop in fuel prices at the pumps, there’s been a subtle change to the nation’s car shopping habits. While monthly expenditure on fuel is falling, data from Motors.co.uk shows an increase in vehicle searches by monthly payment – with a 78% rise in searches by a monthly payment amount of £0-£300. And, with manufacturers offering countless deals for new cars within this price range, the reduced monthly spend on fuel is freeing up cash for consumers to upgrade their vehicle selection. From November 2015 to February 2016, total searches by monthly payment increased by 97% against an overall rise in visits to Motors.co.uk of 61%. This is according to data from the Motors.co.uk Smart Search functionality, which enables shoppers to search for vehicles based on the lifestyle criteria that matters to them. Peter Watts, director of dealer insight at Motors.co.uk, explains: “Over the past few months, we’ve seen fuel prices reach their lowest since 2009, with supermarkets slashing their prices to below £1 a litre. To put this into context, at its highest price point, we were paying over £1.42 a litre in April 2012 – that’s a saving of just over £25 for a 60 litre tank each time it’s filled up. Consumers are therefore making a significant saving each time they visit the pumps and, in some cases, this is freeing funds for spending elsewhere, such as on updating vehicles. “This is good news for dealerships, with sales teams able to work closely with customers in order to present the most appropriate finance solution for their circumstances. In some cases, this may mean being able to reallocate the saved fuel costs to trade up a price bracket. Add in more fuel efficient models and the fuel cost reduction could be even more compelling. “However, we must be mindful that the economic situation with regards to fuel is not a stable one and the drop in fuel prices is beginning to slow. Despite the Chancellor announcing a continued freeze in fuel duty in his recent budget, as oil prices steady slightly we could see an increase in fuel costs sooner rather than later. Dealers need to be quick to adapt and offer consumers advice on the finance and model options available to them and how this will impact their monthly and overall costs, regardless of the direction in which the economy may shift.”

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Motors.co.uk reveals results of consumer car buying journey study

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03 18, 2016 | Posted in Statistics | 0 comments

To help increase sales and drive traffic to a dealership, understanding what makes car buyers tick and the route they take before making a purchase is vital. To achieve this, Motors.co.uk has released its latest insight into the consumer car buying journey. The findings from Motors.co.uk show that the most important source of research for consumers looking for a new or used vehicle is car search websites, followed by car review websites. Car dealership websites were ranked closely behind in third place. Recommendations are still a significant influencer on the car buying process, with over a quarter (28%) of people turning to friends and family for information. This reaffirms the importance of continued good customer service at a dealership, as word of mouth is still a powerful tool. Social media is another area not to overlook; with 11% of consumers using this channel to research their next car purchase, it links closely to dealer reputation. Previous insight from Motors.co.uk showed that 36% of people said whether they had heard of the dealer and whether it had been recommended by other car buyers was important – so for many, experiences and opinions shared on social media and through online reviews could be the deciding factor in a sale. Such insight highlights the importance of aligning the offline and online experience for consumers. Peter Watts, director of dealer insight at Motors.co.uk, explains: “Our data reaffirms that consumers will have conducted extensive research before they set foot in a dealership, so a dealer needs to bear this in mind when speaking to a customer in person. For all retailers, it is important to listen to the demands of their customer base and this will lead to an increase in trust and excellent customer service. “Interestingly, two of the UK’s top three ranked businesses for service in the recent report from the Institute of Customer Service are online organisations, Amazon and First Direct, with John Lewis knocked off the top spot and out of the top three for the first time in seven years. This demonstrates the power of online businesses and how consumers are valuing excellent customer service despite not having face-to-face contact with a brand. For the motor industry, which is operating both on and offline, this reiterates the importance of ensuring customers have a consistent, smooth transition between the two channels. “Reputation remains key and dealers who can align different elements of the consumer car buying journey and leave customers feeling happy and secure with their service will take the lead.”

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