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CarGurus Releases Latest COVID-19 Sentiment Study in Canada

CarGurus released its second Canadian COVID-19 Sentiment Study.

When compared to the April CarGurus Canada COVID-19 Sentiment Study [1], this latest analysis shows that consumers have had a sustained, high interest in purchasing vehicles amid the pandemic.

In June 2020, CarGurus surveyed 505 shoppers on their sentiments toward car buying during the COVID-19 pandemic. All respondents had intentions to buy a vehicle in 2020, either before or after the pandemic. In April, CarGurus surveyed 500 shoppers as the first iteration of this benchmarking study.

“The benchmarked CarGurus Canada COVID-19 Sentiment Study showed us that while 2020 Canadian auto sales may be lagging, they are certainly not lost due to the pandemic,” said Madison Gross, director of customer insights at CarGurus. “The study also shows us that COVID-19 has caused vehicle ownership to become more vital to consumers’ everyday lives, often replacing other transportation methods such as ride-sharing or public transit.”

The study’s major findings include:

Fewer shoppers reported delaying car purchases in June versus April, and most vehicle sales are not lost in the long-term due to the pandemic. In addition, COVID-19 has even stimulated some new demand for vehicles:

Additionally, vehicles are becoming more vital to consumers’ everyday lives as they emerge from the Spring lockdown and reconsider what mobility looks like in the long-term:

Across all industries, brands have adjusted their marketing and customer communications to the COVID-19 crisis, and this latest study looks specifically at the car shopper reaction to how automotive brands responded to the pandemic. The study found:

The benchmarked CarGurus Canadian COVID-19 Sentiment Study’s full findings can be downloaded here [2].