No Script Survey: Fewer Miles Needed; No Test Drives; More Inspections

CAR SHOPPING SURVEY REVEALS CHANGING LEASE PREFERENCES Survey: Fewer Miles Needed; No Test Drives; More Inspections


CINCINNATI, OHIO – (January 23, 2013) –, the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace, reveals survey results that show changing trends among consumers shopping for a lease. Among the highlights, roughly a quarter of people seek leases with less than 12,000 miles per year; more than half would bypass a physical test drive; and nearly half obtain car insurance coverage greater than what’s required.


How many miles do you plan to use with your lease? Mileage is a key element when shopping for any lease. Traditionally, leasing drivers opted for either 15,000 or 12,000 miles per year. According to the survey results, however, roughly a quarter of respondents indicated they are looking for less than 12,000 miles each year.


10.7%                    7,500 miles per year

14.1%                    10,000 miles per year

27.2%                    12,000 miles per year

20.9%                    15,000 miles per year

12.6%                    More than 15,000 miles per year


How much money did you put down on your last vehicle lease deal? One benefit of leasing is that people can get more car for their money. Using Volkswagen’s “Sign Then Drive” lease campaign as an example, lease shoppers are looking for more lease deals with $0 down.


49.7%                    $0 down

2.5%                      $500 down

9.5%                      $1,000 down

10.1%                    $1,500 down

28.1%                    $2,000 down


Would you consider bypassing a test drive when shopping for a lease? With the growing prevalence of online shopping, is it more common to lease a car without ever sitting in the driver’s seat first?


58.4%                    Yes

39.1%                    No

2.5%                      Other


What type of insurance coverage would you carry on your leased vehicle? Insurance is another key element when shopping for a lease, mainly because it is the bank’s vehicle, not the driver’s. How much coverage are people carrying on their lease?


39.7%                    Greater than required

50.0%                    Required amount

2.9%                      Least expensive amount

7.4%                      Somewhere between least expensive and required


If you’re interested in assuming a lease on the East Coast, are you more likely to get a vehicle inspection following Hurricane Sandy? There were reports of widespread damage to roughly 230,000 cars and trucks following Hurricane Sandy in late October. How much of an impact will this event have on people looking to assume a lease or purchase a used car?


87.9%                    Yes, I’m getting a vehicle inspection

12.1%                    No, I’m not interested in a vehicle inspection



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