Motorists `keeping cars longer`

A survey has found 50% of car owners plan to keep their car for at least five years and 27% will keep it for a further two.

According to the poll by Greenbee, which is part of the John Lewis Partnership, people over 65 will keep their current model for the longest, with 43% in this age group saying they will own their vehicle for at least seven years, compared with 24% of those aged 35-44.

The research of 1,440 adults also found that car owners in Wales and south west England will keep their car longer than any other region, with 34% planning to hold on to their vehicle for more than seven years.

However, just 23% of Scottish drivers said they intend to keep their vehicle for more than seven years.

Just 10% of people questioned said they would change their car after two years of purchase, but 23% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they would change it within this time, making them the most likely to want to swap the soonest. managing director James Furse said: "The research shows when it comes to their cars, British drivers are keen to tighten their belts and hold on to their current motor for as long as possible in order to keep costs down."

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