Motorpoint survey reveals majority of motorists want car parking to be made free to encourage shoppers back to High Street

15 July 2020 Press Release

Over 85 per cent of motorists would like to see local authorities make car parking free for shoppers to encourage more people to return to the High Street reveals a new poll by Motorpoint

“While free parking in itself won’t draw people back to the shops, it will certainly incentivise more people to make that trip into their local town or city and at the same time heed the Government’s message about staying safe by avoiding public trans”

The online survey by the UK’s largest independent car retailer, which has a network of branches across England, Scotland and Wales, found 85.7 per cent of drivers would like to see charges continued to be waived in towns and cities throughout the country to incentive people to return to hard-pressed High Street retailers post lockdown. Some 1,276 people took part in the poll on the Motorpoint website.

The High Street has been hit particularly hard since lockdown with up to 40 High Street retailers collapsing this year alone according to the Centre for Retail Research, resulting in thousands of job losses, with thousands more predicted over the coming months after retailers such as Boots, Burger King and John Lewis announced a raft of store closures in recent days.

Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Motorpoint, said: “The results of our poll clearly show the strength of feeling that people have for their local High Street. While free parking in itself won’t draw people back to the shops, it will certainly incentivise more people to make that trip into their local town or city and at the same time heed the Government’s message about staying safe by avoiding public transport wherever possible.”

Motorpoint currently has over 5,000 low mileage, nearly new cars and light commercial vehicles available from over 30 different manufacturers. Every vehicle comes with the balance of manufacturer’s warranty backed by the Motorpoint Price Promise. This means Motorpoint will refund the difference to any customer within seven days of their order if they find the same car cheaper from a competitor. As an added bonus, it will also give the customer £50 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend.

Plus, as part of its COVID-19 safeguarding process, customers can test drive cars unaccompanied while all vehicle collections will be contactless and completed in specially designated areas to guarantee social distancing at all times. Motorpoint is also continuing to operate its hugely popular home delivery service covering the whole of the UK mainland for those customers who would prefer not to visit the branch, backed by its 14 day hassle free, money back guarantee.