CINCINNATI, OHIO – (February 27, 2013) – Vehicle recalls and false MPG claims have been reported recently in the world of automotive. How concerning are these issues for drivers and car shoppers? Swapalease.com, (http://swapalease.com/) the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace, conducted a survey recently to check the pulse of car shoppers to find out where they stand on these issues.
On several of the questions, many drivers and car shoppers appear to be bothered by both issues. However, car lease experts at Swapalease.com were surprised at the number of people who do not appear to be troubled by these issues. In fact, on some of the questions, the clear majority of people accept these problems as simply a part of today’s car culture and would rather focus on other priorities when shopping for a vehicle.
Here are the questions and findings:
Do you feel there are more vehicle recalls today compared with 10 or 20 years ago?
44.3% - Some. It’s somewhat noticeable, but it’s a part of our car culture.
24.8% - About the same. I haven’t noticed a change in volume.
24.3% - Many. It seems like there’s a recall every day now.
6.7% - Other
Do all the recalls today make you nervous about the cars on the road?
58.0% - Not at all. It’s just a part of regular life now.
32.4% - Somewhat. I’m keeping my eye on it but won’t change my driving habits.
5.3% - Very nervous. I’m questioning how carmakers are building their cars.
4.3% - Other
Do you pay attention when a recall is announced?
41.7% - Often. I try to keep an eye on what is happening with the recalls.
34.0% - Somewhat. I’m aware there are recalls but don’t pay close attention.
17.5% - Very much. I study every recall to know which car and what went wrong.
4.9% - None. It happens all the time today; what’s the point?
1.9% - Other
Do recalls affect your purchase or lease decision?
40.4% - Of course. I will research more than usual before making a decision.
30.3% - Somewhat. I’ll ask a few questions, but I have other priorities when deciding.
18.3% - Not at all. It’s all about the features, color and price when I shop for a car.
8.7% - Very much. I will never buy or lease from these carmakers again.
2.4% - Other
Toyota had a major recall in the recent past. Has that affected your opinion of Toyota?
49.8% - No, Toyota still makes a good car.
29.2% - Yes, I’m less likely to consider buying a Toyota than previously.
16.7% - Did not really matter. I would never consider buying a Toyota even prior to the recall.
1.0% - I am not aware of the Toyota recall.
3.3% - Other
Are you aware of the false MPG claims recently from carmakers like Hyundai and Ford?
33.8% - Aware. I’ve been reading about it and it concerns me.
24.0% - No. I have not heard of that issue.
23.5% - Somewhat aware. They’re like recalls; it’s just something that happens now.
18.6% - Very much. It’s shameful that these companies tried to get away with this.
Do the false MPG claims reported recently on some cars disturb you?
33.5% - Often. It bothers me and I’m hopeful they will resolve the issue.
31.6% - Somewhat. There is a lot of science involved and the testing may not be accurate.
23.3% - Very much. I think harsh punishments and fines are in order.
6.8% - Not at all. What’s the difference if a car gets 45 mpg or 37 mpg, anyways?
4.9% - Other
Would false MPG claims affect your purchase or lease decision?
46.9% - Of course. I will research more than usual before making a decision.
30.1% - Somewhat. I’ll ask a few questions, but I have other priorities when deciding.
13.4% - Very much. I will never buy or lease from these carmakers again.
8.1% - Not at all. It’s all about the features, color and price when I shop for a car.
1.4% - Other