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Smaller models 'proving popular with used car buyers'

Mon, 20 Oct 2008
Over a third of people buying used cars are looking at downsizing, according to new research.

A study by EurotaxGlass's found 38 per cent of second-hand vehicle customers are planning to purchase a smaller, more environmentally-friendly model in a bid to cut costs.

Diesel cars were also becoming more popular, with 29 per cent of those questioned stating they were considering switching from a petrol motor in order to save money at the pump.

Commenting on the research, managing director of Glass's Guide Adrian Rushmore said: Household budgets are being squeezed ever-more tightly and consumers are looking for new ways to reduce their outgoings."

Nevertheless, he advised buyers to be cautious when opting for a diesel model.

He pointed out they were more expensive to purchase in the first instance and it could take a number of years before owners recouped this money in fuel savings.

In related motoring news, EurotaxGlass's recently highlighted a poll from Google which showed an increasing number of motorists were only visiting one dealership before buying a car.

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