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13% thinking of buying new car

As many as 23% of adults are thinking of buying a new car or a second-hand one over the next six months, according to a survey.

Of 2,058 people polled by Sainsbury's Bank, 13% were interested in a new car .

Those looking for a new vehicle were planning to spend an average of £15,921 while second-hand car spending is likely to average £6,636.

Consumer confidence has been high for a while among motorists, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reporting 30 successive months of new-car sales growth.

August new-car sales were up 9.4% compared with the same month last year and sales for the first eight months of this year reached 1.53 million, 10.1% up on January-August last year.

Car companies are expecting big sales this month which sees the introduction of the new 64 number plates. Traditionally, around 18% of a full-year's purchases are made in September.

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