Canadians put car buying intentions into neutral this spring - RBC poll

Canadians put car buying intentions into neutral this spring - RBC poll 
Affordability is important to both genders; women focus on the test drive and 
best price in their car buying decisions 
TORONTO, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Four-in-10 Canadians (39 per cent) are likely 
to buy a car in the next two years, according to an RBC Auto Poll. The survey 
suggests that Canadians are evenly split when considering how a new car 
purchase would affect their finances, with exactly half saying they are 
confident that they would not go into debt with a new vehicle. The other half 
expressed doubt or did not know the impact buying a new vehicle would have on 
their personal finances. 
"The poll shows that car purchasing and leasing intentions have stalled this 
year, as Canadians think prudently about how it may affect their personal 
financial situation," said Richard Goyder, vice-president of Personal Lending, 
RBC. "Whether it's to get to work or to meet the needs of a growing family, 
the reality is that many Canadians need a vehicle. The majority also get help 
from their bank, whether at the branch before purchase or while at the 
dealership when they're ready to buy." 
Once Canadians are ready to buy a car, the survey found that almost six-in-10 
(57 per cent) plan to finance all or a portion of their next vehicle purchase 
or lease, with 59 per cent of those planning to finance doing so with help of 
their financial institution. 
Canadians budget before buying a car, seek multiple sources of advice
When asked about financing their vehicle, more than half of Canadians (52 per 
cent) surveyed consider their budget to ensure they can afford it. The 
interest rate on a loan (20 per cent) and the monthly payment (16 per cent) 
were the next most important factors. The majority of Canadians who own or 
intend to purchase a car (62 per cent) say paying off a loan quickly is more 
important than low monthly payments (36 per cent) when buying a car. Half of 
Canadians (51 per cent) get car-buying advice from family and friends, 
followed by car dealers (46 per cent). News media (31 per cent) and online 
forums (26 per cent) are also popular sources. 
Women focus on overall costs of a car
While men and women are about equally likely to buy a car in the next two 
years (42 and 38 per cent, respectively), there are some differences in how 
they may approach this major decision: 
|Influencing factor|Women      |Men        |National   |
|Affordability     |89 per cent|80 per cent|85 per cent|
|Best price after  |80 per cent|72 per cent|76 per cent|
|comparison        |           |           |           |
|shopping          |           |           |           |
|The test drive    |67 per cent|52 per cent|60 per cent|
|Car-related costs |66 per cent|54 per cent|60 per cent|
|Positive consumer |62 per cent|52 per cent|57 per cent|
|reports           |           |           |           |
"A car is a major purchase that requires research and advice. It's an entirely 
personal choice, and it's important to know if you can afford your car beyond 
the monthly car payment. Use online calculators, talk to your banker, and 
consider other factors in your overall financial picture," said Goyder. 
About the 2013 RBC Auto Poll
The 2013 RBC Auto Poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid between March 6 and 12, 
2013. The online survey is based on a randomly selected representative sample 
of 1,559 adult Canadians. The results are considered accurate to within ±2.8 
percentage points, 19 times out of 20. 
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