Survey indicates UK motorists willing to downsize

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Car Rental News - 09/10/2008


An Avis survey revealed that over half of UK motorists would downsize to a smaller car if the economic crisis continues.

Avis has calculated that the average family in the UK could save £7,792 annually by driving a smaller car on a daily basis, and renting a larger vehicle on occasion, as they found it necessary. Not only would this help control motoring costs, it would also benefit the environment, according to the rental car giant.

The car hire company gave an example involving a family that needs a car on daily basis for short trips and also for occasional, less-frequent outings and possibly an annual holiday. If the family car is a Range Rover Sport 2.7TD HSE, the family lives in Westminster and they drive the car 12,000 miles per year, their motoring cost for one year, including depreciation, fuel, car insurance, maintenance, a parking permit and road taxes would come to £13,283.

On the other hand, if that same family owned a Peugeot 107 instead, and lived in the same place and travelled the same number of miles annually, but hired a large estate car nine weekends per year and also for one 10-day holiday period, they would reduce their annual motoring cost by £7,792.

The suggested scenario would save families on motoring costs each year, and it would also be a benefit to the environment, as a Peugeot 107 boasts a fuel economy of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

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