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Price and safety top new family car checklist, says Carzone

Competitive price and safety are the most important factors when purchasing a new family car according to the most recent Carzone motoring report.

The bi-annual report examines trends in the Irish motoring market and finds that 61 per cent of motorists say their running costs have increased in the last 12 months with 29 per cent stating they spend upwards of €250 per month to keep their vehicle on the road.

Given this rise in running costs, it’s no surprise that the number one factor for parents when choosing a new family car is cost (38 per cent). Nearly one third (31 per cent) of those surveyed state that safety is the most important consideration with SUV style vehicles being described as an excellent family car by 51 per cent of those who own one. One in five (20 per cent) say that the size of the car impacts their choice.

The purchasing of a new family car should be a carefully considered decision as half (50 per cent) of parents surveyed say they spend two hours or more in their car every day. The majority of parents (58 per cent) also claimed to make the important decision of choosing a new family car together.

The Carzone Motoring Report data was compiled through analysis of the 77 million searches carried out on Carzone from January to June 2018, as well as an in-depth survey of 1,600 Irish motorists nationwide.

Commenting on the findings, Karl Connolly, Audience Manager Carzone said: “Starting a family is often a key catalyst for changing a car and the motoring report has revealed that parents, in some cases, are spending in excess of two hours driving each day. As families rely on their cars more and more, it’s great to see that the majority of couples are making this big household purchase decision together.”

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