Automotive marketplace CarGurus.co.uk has seen searches for used cars rise as U.K. workers look to avoid public transport when restarting their commutes.
The U.K. government announced on May 10 that workers should return to work if it’s safe to do so and suggested that they avoid public transport.
CarGurus said there was a 17.5% increase in total searches on CarGurus.co.uk on May 10 and May 11, compared to the same days the week before. The data shows searches for used cars are higher than they were before the lockdown began. Inquiries on used cars increased 9.1% from the week before.
A recent study by CarGurus on the impact of Covid-19 on car buying found that many buyers were hesitant to make a purchase, even though 75% are still actively searching. It also found that 44% of people who previously used public transport plan to use it less or not at all when economic activity resumes, while 32% of respondents plan to use their car more. Around 30% of respondents said they planned to buy a vehicle.
With England (though not the rest of the U.K.) now able to sell vehicles online, CarGurus introduced new features in April to help dealers present contactless buying and delivery options, including socially distant appointments, contactless purchasing and free home drop-off.
Buyers can collect a vehicle if a retailer can support the transaction while observing social distancing measures. Auto Trader has also flagged listings that offer home delivery services.
“For now, even though you can’t visit a showroom, you are able to buy online and use home delivery or collection services if a retailer has those options available,” said Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader commercial products director.