In a recent survey, Dutch auto marketplace CarNext found that half of the drivers in all six of its core markets in Europe now prefer owning cars over using public transport after the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: CarNext

An estimated 84% of the 3,000 respondents consider cars to be their main mode of transport after the pandemic, according to data found by OnePoll, CarNext’s global research partner.

More than half of the respondents said they prefer owning used cars. Many cited their trust in their ability to find a quality used vehicle–a good sign for auto marketplaces, as offering new cars alongside used cars makes more and more sense for dealers and OEMs.

More than a third of drivers said they would consider buying a car fully online, a finding in keeping with the rapid shift to e-commerce triggered by the coronavirus. Half of respondents cited convenience as an important factor for going online. 82% of respondents over the age of 66 expressed interest in buying cars fully online.

Founded in 2018, CarNext provides end-to-end services to consumers for three-to-four-year-old cars, offering assistance purchasing, renting or leasing cars. CarNext provides home delivery with a 14-day money back guarantee and access to ancillaries. It also operates a b-to-b online auction site available in more than 30 countries.

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