A third (31%) of British motorists put their pets first when it comes to buying a new car, taking the transportation needs of their furry friends into serious consideration; says a recent poll by Be Wiser Insurance.
Nearly a quarter (24%) say their pets are a "major consideration" when buying a car while 7% put less emphasis on their pets but still make a minor consideration for them.
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"There are many different ways a pet can influence a car purchase. Perhaps the car needs to be able to pull a horse box or accommodate several dogs in the back comfortably, whilst some might require a particularly smooth-rolling car to keep their tropical fish from feeling motion-sickness! We do not expect car makers to start advertising their cars based on the number of Great Danes they can fit in the back but our survey illustrates that you cannot always predict what is important to people when they are choosing their new car!"
Many commented that they keep one of their cars for the animals in their life, and keep another for strictly human transportation.
Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:
"Animals are part of the family for many, so taking them into consideration isn't something that has to be thought about - it's just second nature!"