One in three potential car buyers in the UK is putting off a purchase in the hope of a government incentive scheme in the coming months, according to a survey.
The findings from What Car?, a consumer magazine, give credence to industry fears that public confusion over the potential for government support is holding back sales at a time when showrooms need to drum up business to support recently reopened factories.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected on Wednesday to set out measures to boost the economy as the country tries to recover from the pandemic, including help for industry and green housing.
But there is confusion over whether there could be an incentive or scrappage scheme to promote the purchase of new cars, despite the FT reporting last month that such a programme had been considered and was “very unlikely”.
In a regular weekly survey of 6,000 people by What