Millennials often given their first car

Millennials often given their first car

Survey finds most young drivers don’t get a choice in first car…

Some interesting findings into car buying habits of younger drivers has been published in the U.S.

The data was obtained by way of an online survey of more than 1,800 randomly selected participants and found among Millennials, people born in the 1980’s and 90’s, many didn’t get to choose their first car.

Instead, in 33% of cases they were given hand-me-down cars by family members.

The occurrence of young drivers being given a car has dropped down from just 10% when Baby Boomers first took to the roads.

While among those Millennials who did purchase a car, 37% contributed to the cost of the car, down from 65% of Baby Boomers who had to stump-up at least some of the money.

Among the current generation of novice drivers, the most popular brands were found to be Chevrolet, Honda, Toyota, Ford and Nissan.

While for Baby Boomers their favourites included Ford, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Plymouth and Toyota.

Sarah Welch from CarGurus tells us the results show a clear shift in first car buying habits.

“Given the rise of autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and sweeping urbanization, it will be interesting to see if future generations show the same trend in parents controlling the first car purchase or if we’ll see a drop-off in dependents needing a car at a younger age.”

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Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both.Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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