Despite the political impact placed on EV uptake, most drivers care more about costs, according to Close Motor Brothers.
Affordability was ranked as main consideration when purchasing a new vehicle by 71% of motorists in the Britain Under the Bonnet report from Close Brothers Motor Finance.
A further 56% care about how economical a vehicle is to run, showing additional interest in cost. Other key attributes include fuel type (55%), engine size (49%), and number of doors (47%).
Close Brothers Motor Finance’s director of sales Sean Kemple said: “With Brexit looming, political and economic uncertainty are undoubtedly having an effect on consumer confidence.
"For those looking to make big-ticket purchases such as a new vehicle it’s understandable that the power is in the purse strings.”
How environmentally friendly the vehicle is was classed as a major consideration for just under one in five (18%) drivers, yet failed to make the top ten.
The report also found that more than a quarter (28%) of drivers wouldn’t consider buying an electric car, with 47% blaming the initial cost as being too expensive.
Other reasons influencing motorists’ decision to not purchase an electric car include, the range being limited (43%), long charging times (36%) and the technology needing improvement (46%).
When buying a car, motorists say the main considerations are:
- Affordability (71%)
- How economical it is to run (56%)
- Fuel type (55%)
- Engine size (49%)
- Number of doors (47%)
- Existing mileage (43%)
- Manufacturer (40%)
- Safety rating (34%)
- Boot size (33%)
- Colour (29%)