Environment not a concern
UNITED KINGDOM // When it comes to buying a new car, how environmentally friendly it is does not factor in the top 10 priorities of a UK buyer. According to a survey by website carmony.co.uk, which polled 2,000 car buyers to find out what influences a purchase, they look first at the price (84 per cent), mileage (73 per cent), age (72 per cent), brand reliability (59 per cent), service history (57 per cent), the mechanical state of the car (55 per cent), running costs (54 per cent), reliability of the specific model (50 per cent), how the car runs (49 per cent), colour (48 per cent) and details of previous owners (32 per cent). Environmentally friendly concerns came in 12th place. Alan Hazelhurst, managing director of Carmony.co.uk, told UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph: "Before the recession, a growing number of consumers were taking into consideration green credentials when choosing a car. Demand for an environmentally friendly motor was high and because of this we built it into the lifestyle search feature. "It will be fascinating to see if this dynamic continues as the economy accelerates away from recession. But this research reinforces the need for cost-efficiency in the environmentally friendly alternatives."