One-third 'regret choice of car'

A third of new car buyers end up regretting their choice of model, according to a new study.

Vehicle comparison website, which questioned 1,000 car owners, said 304 of them believed they could have made a better purchase.

Engines are most likely to be the source of unhappiness with 29% of the dissatisfied motorists saying if they could reverse their decisions they would go for the same car but with more power.

Around a fifth (19%) think they should have bought the same car with different specifications, while 6% believe they should have got a different car from the same maker.

Of the unhappy drivers, 18% said if they could go back in time, they would get a completely different vehicle from some other manufacturer, while 16% said they would change the brand but buy a similar car.

Just over one in 10 regretted their choice of colour and 2% said thought they had gone wrong on the body style.

Mat Watson from said: "On average our respondents spent just over £20,000 on their new car and so it's very worrying that so many believe they didn't make the right choice."

However, it's not surprising so many people slip up as there are 4,427 separate model derivatives on sale in the UK, when taking into account all the different body styles, engine choices and specification levels available.

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