One in three motorists are considering the purchase of a new vehicle in 2019, with hose drivers who were seeking to secure a new vehicle highlighting the following engine type preferences: Diesel – 43%, Hybrid – 27%, Petrol – 19%, Plug-in electric – 9%.
When it came to where the vehicle would be purchased, respondents research highlighted a local car dealership as their top choice at 77%.
This was followed by 15% of respondents who were considering a UK import purchase, and 5% who would be purchasing the vehicle privately.
Commenting on the research, Colin Delaney, CEO of easytrip who undertook the research, said: “A new vehicle purchase is a key requirement for many motorists and it’s interesting to see from our research that diesel remains as the most popular option followed by hybrids and petrol models this year.
"When it comes to where to purchase a vehicle, we would recommend that motorists do their research and select a local dealership who is a member of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).
"Whether it’s a new or pre-owned model purchase, the car market has a lot to offer for those buying and we would advise motorists to shop around and to remind them to update their easytrip account details when change of ownership is confirmed.”