The fuel prices at highs, restrictions on circulation, and the return of the registration tax, or the possible payment for driving on highways are some of the tax burdens that are added to the usual expenses of cars. Municipal taxes, regulated parking areas, compulsory insurance and ITV, in addition to the maintenance of the vehicle itself are some of the extra costs that are causing more and more Spaniards to question the purchase of a vehicle, or to limit its use.
This is clear from the «RACE Driver Observatory», which in its most recent edition asked more than 3,500 drivers about the rising cost of private transport, its causes and its consequences.
The survey reflects a majority fed up with the impossibility of changing cars, pay for the use of the highways, higher fuel and alternative energy prices, negative economic forecasts for 2022 or the increase in insurance prices and revisions, among other factors.
Observatorio RACE of Drivers in its wave of December 2021, called ‘Tax pressure on the automotive sector’, collects that 95.5% of drivers have noticed the rise in prices between a lot and a lot, especially in the price of fuel (98.4% of them), in maintenance (36.1%) and even in the price of insurance (25.1%).
On the factors why drivers think prices have risen political news stands out (43%), the rise in the price of raw materials (26.2%) and the energy crisis (21.8%).
However, despite all the difficulties arising from this increase in prices and taxes, 82.4% of drivers declare that they will use their vehicle “the same”, since it affects them more or less, they need it. Worse situation will run 16.5% of them who will have no choice but to use their vehicles less for not being able to pay current prices.
In addition, 83% of them believe that they pay more in car-related taxes than they receive, something confirmed by the data already published by the RACE.
The abuse of charging to circulate on highways
One of the most recent reasons that have outraged drivers is the plans to pay for the use of motorways and expressways, something with which 84% of them agree little or not at all.
In this regard, 85.6% think that it is due to pure tax collection effort, while only 8.4% believe that it is done to improve sustainability and the environment, and only 3% believe that the objective is to improve people’s mobility.
Again, 65.5% believe that this money will be used for ‘items that have nothing to do with the automotive industry’, while only one in four believes that these taxes will serve to improve existing infrastructures.
68.6% are not willing to pay, while 22.2% are. In this sense, 80% think that this measure will send more traffic to the back roads, and 85% think that this situation could increase the accident rate.
Low purchase intention
15.4% of “sure” or “probably” motorists will change vehicles in 2022, while 73.5% have it practically ruled out.
Among those who do plan to buy a new vehicle, 51.3% will opt for a new car, 15.8% for a second-hand one, while 33% are undecided between the two options.
There are also many doubts regarding motorization, with non-plug-in hybrid being the first option (47.5% in multiple answers), ahead of diesel, second option for Spaniards (34.6%), plug-in hybrid (33.7%) and gasoline (29.2% ). It should be noted that two of the first three options are outside the aid plans of the Government and the Communities, as well as that the electric car is only the fifth option, with just 20% of potential buyers considering this motorization as one of the possibilities.
Many drivers (36.4%) also state that not having enough information about current energies, using the media on the internet (56.6%), the specialized motor media (54.9%) and the traditional media (49%) for information. Information from the manufacturers themselves (17.7%) is the fourth preference.