Majority Says the Struggles of the American Car Manufacturer Won’t Impact Next Purchase Survey Reveals Consumer Perceptions on Auto Industry

DETROIT, May 4, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — According to a recent survey, 59 percent of consumers said that the current economy and struggles of the American car manufacturers will have no impact on whether or not their next car purchase will be an American car.

The survey, which was intended to gauge how the economy and various government and manufacturer incentives have impacted car shoppers, also showed that only 1 in 5 consumers said the threat of bankruptcy would likely preclude them from considering an American car with their next purchase.

“I think it’s clear that most Americans believe that the American car manufacturers are going to survive in some capacity and many are just taking a wait and see approach like many other facets of this economy,” said Editor in Chief Patrick Olsen. “The survey also showed that the older you are the more likely you believe in the survival of these companies.”

More than 40 percent of consumers between the ages of 45-64 said they were confident that the American manufacturers would succeed vs. 12 percent of consumers between the ages of 18-24.

When it comes to the various government and manufacturer incentives designed to bolster consumer confidence in the auto industry, 38 percent said that the government’s announcement that it will allow consumers to deduct the state sales tax on new car purchases would provide the biggest incentive to purchase a new car; 28 percent said the various manufacturer assurance programs that provide support if the purchaser of a new vehicle losses their job would have the greatest impact; and 13 percent said that government-backed manufacturer warranties was the most valuable incentive.

The survey was conducted for by Impulse Research. The survey was conducted online with a random sample of 1028 men and women, 18 years of age and older. The sample has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18 + who own automobiles. Research was conducted in April 2009. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence

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