Drivers Would Pay Extra to Jump Queue      

The latest research from Close Brothers reckons that almost half the customers planning to buy a car in 2023 would happily pay over the odds if it meant they could get their car earlier.

In this response to supply chain problems causing long waiting lists, 47% of the 2,000+ people polled basically invited dealers to charge a premium to put them at the front of the queue.

Lisa Watson, director of sales at Close Brothers Motor Finance, said: “The whole sector is doing everything it can to improve lead times against unprecedented global challenges.

“These figures highlight just how long these problems have been going on.

“Many buyers are clearly getting frustrated with availability and, despite growing cost-of-living pressures, would even pay more to complete their purchases.

“Dealers are continuing to work with manufacturers to ensure the customer experience is as smooth as it can be during such a tough period for the sector, but it is no doubt difficult to be a buyer at the moment.

“Where possible, considering alternative makes and models on a shorter-term basis might help bridge the gap.”