Car Sales Fall as Money-Saving Motorists Turn to Online Retailer for Cheaper Tyres

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By Denna Bowman

UK new car sales fell by almost a quarter in April compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures.

However, etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres retailer, has experienced double-digit sales growth, because it offers premium brand, but cheap tyres, to cash-strapped vehicle owners.

Tony Bowman, managing director of etyres, said: “People don’t want to throw their money away and so many of them are searching the web to find better deals.

“Prices for our mobile service are up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street depots, because we have small overheads which allow us to pass the savings on to our customers in the form of lower prices.”

However, the motor trade is still struggling to convince UK motorists to part with their money and buy new cars.

The number of new cars sold in the UK during April dropped by 24% to 133,475, the lowest figure since 1991, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

And although the drop is less than previous months it took the decline in yearly sales so far to 28.5%.

Despite being the 11th consecutive month in which new car sales have declined, it is hoped that the governments eagerly-awaited car scrappage incentive will boost demand.

The scheme, which was announced in last month’s budget, will award £2,000 to motorists who swap cars 10-years-old or older for a brand new model.

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