Significantly more used car buyers are actively searching for automatic cars rather than the traditional manual, new figures reveal.
The proportion of searches for automatics on AA Cars has risen from 9.9 percent in 2014 to 18.6 percent this year. An AA Populus survey of 20,000 drivers also found more than half think automatics are easier to drive, while just nine percent said they were more difficult.
Happily, supply does meet demand. Over the same period since 2014, the proportion of automatic cars listed for sale has increased from 23.4 percent to 32.1 percent.
Meanwhile, in the decade between 2007 and 2017, figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the number of new automatic cars registered each year has jumped from 20 percent to 40 percent.
Chelmsford (61.4 percent of searches) and London (53.6 percent) are the cities where automatics find most favour.
Interestingly, that same AA poll reported that only 20 percent think driving an auto is as enjoyable as driving a manual.
“Automatic vehicles are being manufactured in greater numbers, but it is pleasing to see that drivers are responding positively to this added supply with even more of them actively searching for these cars,” said James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars.
“It is also no surprise to see that congested London is one of the best-stocked areas for automatic cars as they require much less effort to drive when someone is stuck in stop-start traffic.”