UK motorists spent big during lockdown buying larger cars to accommodate new dogs

UK motorists spent big during lockdown buying larger cars to accommodate new dogs

23.04.2021: CarGurus study revealed 35% of new dog owners needed to buy a larger, more practical car as demand for puppies rose by 115%* during lockdown More than a quarter of dog owners


    CarGurus study revealed 35% of new dog owners needed to buy a larger, more practical car as demand for puppies rose by 115%* during lockdown

 

    More than a quarter of dog owners admitted not considering if they had an appropriate car for their pet’s needs prior to getting their dog


    CarGurus-developed tool, the CarGurus Pupgrader, helps consumers find the right car for their pooch


    Users input size of dog they want or have, with the interactive tool recommending the most appropriate car make and model






More than a third of new dog-owning motorists had to ‘pup-size’ last year – buying a bigger or more practical car to accommodate their pets – according to research by CarGurus.



The pandemic saw a surge in interest in canine companions, with online puppy searches soaring by 115%*.



A survey of 2,000 drivers with dogs by online automotive marketplace CarGurus revealed a fifth (22%) bought or adopted their most recent dog after the start of lockdown.



The CarGurus survey also found that 35% of recent dog owners said they had to buy a larger or more practical vehicle because of the pet, spending an average of £7,594.



The data suggests of an estimated 800,000** puppies and dogs bought in the UK each year, 280,000 (35%) would result in their owners buying a new vehicle. This in turn would mean new owners ‘pupgraded’ their car to accommodate their new canine friends, spending nearly £2.1 billion in total (£7,594 on average per vehicle)***.



To help new, or future, dog owners to find the right vehicle for them, CarGurus has developed a new tool, the CarGurus Pupgrader, which suggests the right vehicle based on the size of their dog and whether or not they also need to transport other family members.

 

 

The tool, launched during National Pet Month, has been developed to ensure recommendations are made based on a fully-grown dog so consumers aren’t caught off guard by a fast-growing puppy.



It was created after research by CarGurus found more than a quarter (27%) of dog owners admitted they should have thought more about the car they owned when getting their pet - with this number increasing to 61% among the 'lockdown dog owners'.



Ivan Aistrop, Deputy Editor at CarGurus, said:
“We’re a nation of animal lovers, so helping people to know what to look for in a pet-friendly car is vital, especially given our research found that more than a quarter of dog owners drive with their dog in the car more than once a week.



“The creation of the CarGurus Pupgrader helps consumers understand the size and style of the vehicle required, ensuring not only that their dog is transported safely and comfortably, but there’s room for all of the passengers, too.



“Looking after a dog is not just a case of making sure they’re eating the right diets, sleeping in the best bed or wearing the smartest collar – it’s important that owners have a suitable car, and for many new dog owners this is often an afterthought.”



The research also delved into what features dog owners were looking for when purchasing a car. It found 38% wanted wipe clean surfaces inside the car, the same number wanted rear doors and 31% said durable materials were an important feature which impacted their buying decision.



As a result, 40% said they opted for an SUV, with 23% choosing a family hatchback and 9% going for an estate car.



When out on the road, 39% of drivers reported keeping their dog on the back seat, while 28% put their dog in the boot.



Almost half (43%) of dog owners said easy access was an important feature when car searching, with the same percentage saying a large boot made all the difference.



It is estimated there are now more than 10 million people across the UK who have dogs****.



Almost two thirds (62%) of new owners surveyed for CarGurus via OnePoll said they had bought a dog as an added companion during lockdown.



The most popular type of dog among respondents was a mixed breed, followed by a Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, German Shepherd and Jack Russell Terrier.



Making up the top 10 were Cocker Spaniel, Cockapoo, Golden Retriever, Boxer and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.



The average price paid for a pooch before lockdown was £437 - but those who have picked up a puppy over the past 12 months have seen that figure increase to a whopping £1,015.



And 83% said welcoming the animal into their home was their highlight of the past 12 months. However, 64% admitted it had been more difficult than they thought it would be.



Alongside creating the CarGurus Pupgrader, it worked with UK animal charity, National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) for further advice when travelling with your dog.



Gary McKee, fundraising and marketing manager at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), said
: “Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring you do your due diligence when searching for a car that suits both the needs of your family and your dog.



“Owners need to think about sufficient space, safety and comfort for their animals in much the same way they would for themselves and the human members of their family.




Top (Ca)Nine Dog Travel Tips from NAWT:



    Check your emergency breakdown cover to find out how your dog would travel in the event of a vehicle recovery.


    If planning a long journey, ensure you allow time for comfort breaks for your dog to let them stretch their legs and go to the toilet.


    Ensure the area in which your dog will be travelling is set to a comfortable temperature.


    Never leave your dog in a hot car. Even on a cloudy day or when parked in the shade, a car can become an oven in a very short space of time. At 22 degrees outside, a car can heat to an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour, leaving a dog unable to reduce their body temperature by panting. This leads to heatstroke, which can be fatal.


    Either provide your dog access to water throughout the journey with a non-spill water bowl, or ensure you have enough water to offer them at every comfort break.


    Avoid feeding your dog within the two hours before a long journey to avoid travel sickness.


    A back-seat protection or a double-sided boot mat can save your car from both damage and dirt. They work to protect your car interior from sharp claws as well as muddy paws!


    In the autumn/winter months, particularly if your dog loves a muddy puddle, it’s a good idea to keep a towel in the car to dry them before setting off on your travels again.


    Some dogs are unable to, or are uncomfortable with, jumping into a car. In those situations, a dog ramp can help your beloved pet climb safely and comfortably into your vehicle.



Owners can find the right vehicle for them and their dog on the CarGurus website: https://www.cargurus.co.uk/Cars/best-cars-for-dogs.


CarGurus® is a registered trademark of CarGurus, Inc. PistonHeads® is a registered trademark of CarGurus Ireland Limited. All product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.




[i] Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Automotive – Information/Resources, Total Audience, Q4 2020, U.S. (Competitive set: CarGurus.com, Autotrader.com, Cars.com, TrueCar.com).

[ii] Comscore MMX Multi-Platform®, Total Unique Monthly Visitors, Custom-defined list includes: CarGurus.co.uk, Motors.co.uk, AutorTrader.co.uk, Gumtree.com, Jan 2019 – Dec 2019 to Jan 2020 - Dec 2020, UK.

[iii] Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Automotive – Information/Resources, Total audience, Q4 2020, UK. Custom-defined list includes: PistonHeads Sites, Sytner.co.uk, Jardinemotors.co.uk, Stratstone.com, Carandclassic.co.uk, Classicandsportscar.com.

[iv] Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Total Audience, Q4 2020, UK. Custom list defined by CarGurus includes: PistonHeads Sites and CarThrottle.com.




Nick Bearn  – CarGurus photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/uk-motorist-lockdown-buying-larger-cars-accommodate-new-dogs---222186.html

23.04.2021 / MaP

More News

New Ford headlights are ahead of the curve in making night driving easier
23.04.2021
Driving at night, especially on winding unfamiliar roads, can be stressful, with many people choosing to avoid the experience altogether. 1 However, Ford is looking into new ways of making driving in the dark easier and more comfortable.The company first more >>
The Multivan- The freedom of maximum flexibility
23.04.2021
    Thanks to its clever concept: the Multivan has for over 35 years been offering the freedom to utilise the space on board flexibly    Next stage of its evolution: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is unveiling a new seating system in the next Multivan    With maximum flexibility: lightweight rear seat more >>
Two Mercedes-Benz world premieres at Auto Shanghai 2021
22.04.2021
At Auto Shanghai, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the world premieres of the new, all-electric EQB compact model and the new four-door CLS Coupé.In November 2021, the new EQB will be launched in China as the fully-equipped top model with seven more >>
The Peugeot drivers for the WEC behind the wheel of the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered
22.04.2021
The 508 PEUGEOT SPORT ENGINEERED are starting to be delivered in dealerships across France, and our WEC drivers are among the first customers to wear the brand's colours behind the wheel of this high-performance car. Loïc Duval, Kevin Magnussen, Paul D more >>
Alfa Romeo opens its new headquarters
22.04.2021
Alfa Romeo has chosen the Centro Stile as the site for its new headquarters, an iconic and inspirational place for the brand, where the fullest expression of Italian design is intertwined with an advanced concept of operating spaces in the name of the sharing of ideas and teamwork more >>
Audi presents concept car at Auto Shanghai 2021
22.04.2021
For the first time, the presentation of AUDI AG at Auto Shanghai 2021 is taking place with two partners at a shared trade-fair stand: Audi and its Chinese partner companies FAW and SAIC. Together with its partner SAIC Audi, Audi presented an SUV stud more >>
Volkswagen to present six vehicles at Auto Shanghai - A growing product portfolio
22.04.2021
SUV offensive in China: Volkswagen reveals 6 new cars at Auto Shanghai, including 3 world premieres  Volkswagen presents ID.6 X1, ID.6 CROZZ1, Teramont1, Teramont X1, Golf GTI1 and Talagon1  Volkswagen Brand CEO, Ralf Brandstätter: &l more >>
129th Canton Fair -Innovative Artificial Turf Makers Shaping Rapidly Growing Global Market
21.04.2021
The ongoing 129th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) is showcasing varied artificial turf products from more than 300 exhibitors. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of artificial turf with production and sales continuing to grow explosively despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the market expected to reach US$4.2 billion by 2027. more >>
Digital Girls’ Day at Audi - girls experience technology
21.04.2021
   Audi gives more than 150 schoolgirls insights into the world of technology        Nine apprenticeships presented virtually in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm The world of technology is open to everyone more >>
Marco Schubert appointed new Vice President of Europe region
21.04.2021
Personal change in Sales departmentMarco Schubert will be taking on the role of Vice President Region Europe at Porsche on 1 July 2021. Currently he is President of the Audi Sales Division China. more >>
MPA expands group with launch of MPA Events
21.04.2021
•    MPA growth continues with introduction of new dedicated events management arm•    Clients to benefit from extensive national and international expertise•    ‘This is the latest exciting chapter in the MPA story!’ – MPA Creative CEO, Deborah Tee more >>
New Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Shows Beaming Smile, with video
21.04.2021
    Communication: New Opel face with Pixel-Vizor displays graphics and text messages    Inspiring: Manta transforms from iconic coupé into sustainable ElektroMOD    Electric: E-motor under typical black hood replaces four-cylinder engine    Enthusiastic: Young Opel team designed more >>
New cell technology for Neue Klasse: BMW Group strengthens battery expertise
20.04.2021
...as part of the European Battery     Focus on the development of the next generation Li-ion cells for the Neue Klasse    Technology leap: Further development in cell chemistry and format    Automo more >>
NSK, the driving force behind NWG
20.04.2021
The NSK plant in Munderkingen, Germany, specialises in manufacturing the company’s full range of double row ball bearings, around 30% of which carry the NWG (Neuweg) branding. Double row ball bearings find their way into all more >>
Polestar 1 special edition is a truly golden halo car
20.04.2021
Polestar has revealed a special version of the Polestar 1 electric performance hybrid that will reach end of production later this year.“It’s hard to believe that our beautiful halo car comes to the end of its production life later this year,&rdq more >>
Audi A6 e-tron concept, the next e-volution
20.04.2021
Audi presents fully electric luxury-class Sportback concept car        New technology platform: Premium Platform Electric (PPE) beginning in 2022        Fast charging with 270 kW – range of more than 700 km more >>
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS – A tyre fit for the most demanding supercars
19.04.2021
When you create a road-going hypercar that pushes the limits of what's possible, you need a tyre that's up to the task.That's the challenge faced by Brabham Automotive as it introduces the Brabham BT62R, a road-going version of its blisteringly fast BT62. The BT62 is a million-dollar, 710PS machine that won the first endurance race it took part in — while r more >>
M xDrive makes its debut in the BMW M3 and BMW M4.
19.04.2021
High performance with added variety:   Bespoke M all-wheel-drive system for the new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and BMW M4 Competition Coupé takes dynamics, agility and precision up another notch. Launch of the add more >>
JBR Capital presents the top 10 most-financed prestige and performance cars
18.04.2021
    Unprecedented demand resulted in a record month for leading finance provider JBR Capital    It reveals the top 10 hottest cars according to its records for March, with models including the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 570S pr more >>
Electrogenic creates two ‘World First’ electrified classics
18.04.2021
    Leader in electric classic car technology and integration, Electrogenic, electrifies a Triumph Stag and a Morgan 4/4 for its customers    1976 Triumph Stag conversion is ‘world first’ Stag to receive an EV conversion    1957 Morgan 4/4 is believed to be the first professionally convert more >>
World premiere of the VW ID.61 -E-offensive in China continues to gain momentum
18.04.2021
Fully electric family SUV unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021  Regionalisation of the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB): First model of the ID. family developed specifically for a single market  ID.6 has up to seven seats and provides power in proportion with 4MOTION drive and 225 kW in the top of the range version more >>
MG offers additional £750 incentive for electric car newcomers
17.04.2021
    Test drive a new electric MG and get £750 off    10-day test drive event allows no-obligation road tests for potential EV converts    Simply book a test drive and download the voucher    Almost a third of new MGs sold so far in 2021 are pure electric  &nb more >>
The link between Black Sabbath and Automobili Lamborghini
16.04.2021
- Rock legend Tony Iommi shares his passion for super sports cars from Sant’Agata BologneseTony Iommi, guitarist and king of riffs with legendary ‘monsters of rock’ Black Sabbath, has deepened his life-long passion for Lamborghini by a more >>
Lucidity Introduces Award-Winning LED Rear Combination Lamp
15.04.2021
... Featuring 2 Cutting-Edge Optical Technology For A Bright And Safe Driving Experience  Lucidity is a leading lighting manufacturer that provides extensive vehicle lighting product lines and t more >>
Rotary Power Develops Motor for All-terrain Vehicle in British triumph
15.04.2021
- Rotary Power has collaborated with Agile Vehicle Technologies to develop a motor for the first of its kind, allterrain vehicle- Agile Vehicle Technology’s all-terrain vehicle in West Kalimantan more >>
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+ and Ultrac Vorti R+ high-performance tyres improvements
15.04.2021
Improved handling and lower rolling resistance from new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti+ and Ultrac Vorti R+ high-performance tyres    Optimised for larger wheels (18- to 22-inches), the new summer tyres are ideal for premium SUVs, hig more >>
Hyundai Motor to Unveil The All-New KONA N at ‘N Day’ Digital Event - livestream
15.04.2021
    The all-new KONA N, a performance SUV, makes its world premiere at the Hyundai N Day digital event on April 27, 2021    Hyundai Motor will share the brand’s philosophy, new brand claim and future e-performance direction more >>
Ford SA Celebrates Global Mustang Day, Honours Carroll Shelby for 55 years of Supercharged Shelby Mustangs
15.04.2021
•    Ford South Africa celebrates 55th anniversary of first supercharged Shelby Mustang•    The extremely rare Mustang was capable of 0-100km/h in under six seconds and a top speed over 240km/h•    Ford Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car and holds 90 percent segment share in South more >>
New SEAT Ibiza: refreshed and ready to deliver more excitement to the urban segment
15.04.2021
    The SEAT Ibiza’s exterior look is updated, now including 100% LED headlights as standard, as well as the model’s name embossed in handwriting       SEAT adds an interior design revolution to its ic more >>
New SEAT Arona: revamped with a more rugged look and a completely new interior design
15.04.2021
    The urban SUVs exterior character is updated - especially with the new Xperience trim - to give it an increased off-road aesthetic, making it feel more robust and safer    The new SEAT Arona’s interior design has been revolutionised, bringing a modern, digital design language, with newly designed and illuminated air vents a more >>
Rising fuel prices, costlier conventional vehicles drive CNG car sales in India, says GlobalData
15.04.2021
Following the news that Maruti Suzuki India Limited sold over 157,000 factory-fitted CNG vehicles in FY2020-21;Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: more >>
Softing Issues an Invitation to the Virtual “Softing Automotive Convention”
15.04.2021
Following a successful digital event premiere last fall, Softing is issuing an invitation for a second virtualevent, the “Softing Automotive Convention” on May 5 and 6, 2021.Visitors c more >>
Honda Offers First Look at All-New 11th Generation Civic Sedan
15.04.2021
    Inside and out, all-new Civic is a modern expression of Honda's human-centered design philosophy    2022 Civic Sedan readied for mass production at Honda plant in Canada    Popular Civic Tour returns for 20th anniversary of the concert series    More information, specs and assets coming A more >>
#Focu5on: 5 things you don’t know about Lamborghini Ad Personam
14.04.2021
Ad Personam is the exclusive program that Lamborghini offers to customers who want to customize their car in line with their personality.It is a unique customization program that gives shape to every desire through the choice of infinite combinations, from colors to materials, from the seat logo sewn by hand rather than printed, to the initials embroider more >>
FPT Industrial engines at your fingertips away - Introducing the MyFPT App
14.04.2021
For all FPT Industrial engine users, and there are millions all over the world, great news is on the way: it’s called MyFPT and it is the smartphone application that not only places all the data, user's manuals and service schedules for FPT Industrial engines and machinery equipped with the brand's engines, literally in the hands of the user, but it also provides the operating statu more >>
Asahi Kasei Europe uniting sales, marketing and R&D activities at Düsseldorf Harbour
13.04.2021
On 16th November 2020 Asahi Kasei Europe started office operation at its new location at Düsseldorf Harbour, Germany. In March 2021, the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center relocated from Dormagen to the new location. By uniting E more >>
Yamaha Motor Begins Accepting Orders for Prototype Hyper-EV Electric Motor Development
12.04.2021
Yamaha Motor announced today that it has developed an electric motor reaching the industry's highest class in output density. This unit is aimed at use in hyper-EV models and other offerings in the high-output mobility segment. Yamaha will begin accepting orders for prototype developmen more >>
Lexus to unveil new ES at Auto Shanghai 2021
12.04.2021
.... on April 19th 2021Lexus plans to hold the world premiere of the new Lexus ES at Auto Shanghai 2021, which opens on April 19 in Shanghai, China.       - Lexus also photo more >>
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport conquers the Witteberg Mountains
12.04.2021
•    Brand ambassador still convinced Pajero Sport is the pick of the bunch•    Outstanding capabilities proven on notorious Moolmanshoek 4x4 trails•    Excellent all-round package suitable for a number of applications more >>
2001-2021 copyright automobilsport.com