Monday, September 30th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research

Long-term new car buying intentions have hit a record high in August, with an estimated 2,438,000 Australians looking to buy a new car in the next four years, a massive increase of 128,000 since July. These results are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey of over 50,000 interviews annually. 

But this four-year horizon for car buying hasn’t translated into more immediate purchase plans, with fewer Australians intending to get a new car within the next year. An estimated 661,000 Australians intend to buy a new car in the next 12 months, down by 10,000 from last month but remaining well above the average since June 2002 of 619,000.

New Car Buying Intentions:

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia): April 2002 – August 2013, n=633,048 (avg. quarterly sample n = 13,597).

Jordan Pakes, Group Account Director – Automotive, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Confident consumers are more likely to buy new cars. Consumer Confidence peaked at 120.9 points in the final weekend of August, with a positive long-term economic outlook driving much of the growth."

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