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Bosch the go-to expert in a new area

Ten years of research on domestic car ownership

  • Forty-six per cent of households own cars
  • Average age of cars in Hungary was 13.9 in the first quarter of 2018
  • Average mileage is 17,000 kilometres
Bosch the go-to expert in a new area

Commissioned by Robert Bosch Kft, the leading global supplier of technologies and services, Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute again produced a survey of cars owned by the Hungarians and their car use habits. The research fills major gaps in our understanding in this area. The surveys had been taken every two years since 2008 and the decade-long series of its results make it even more valuable. Thanks to the surveys, essential information on trends and tendencies emerged about cars and their maintenance habits in Hungary. A sample of 2400 people were questioned in the survey of 2018, which represents the Hungarian population. The sample was representative by sex, age, educational level and residence of the over-18 car-owning population.

Cars on Hungarian roads – older and more than ever
The number of cars on Hungarian roads has grown steadily over the last six years and stood at 3.58 million in the first half of 2018. Figures of new registrations (including imported used cars) give an idea of how fast car ownership is rising: 272,000 cars were registered last year, but there were 150,000 in the first six months of 2018 already. The survey finds that 46 per cent of Hungarian households have cars, most of them self-owned. Company cars make up only two or three per cent of the total.

The average age of cars in Hungary has been constantly rising for eleven years: this year, the research shows that it was 13.9 years in the first half of 2018, 0.7 years higher than two years ago.

The distribution of cars by age has been steadily deteriorating since the surveys started, mostly because of the sustained fall in new car purchases following the 2008 economic crisis. The process has slowed down in recent years, and after a low point in 2012, the new car market has been picking up since 2014. Last year, 116,265 new cars were registered in Hungary, 20.4 per cent more than the in 2016 (96,594) and 50.6% more than in 2015 (77,179). The average age of cars is the lowest in the highest-status groups – Budapest residents, high earners and graduates – but not under two figures in any of them.

Only Budapest residents and graduates spend less time in the car
The proportion of households with cars has not changed much since the surveys began, but reached its highest figure this year, at 46 per cent. In the highest-status groups – graduates (66 per cent) and the highest earners (50 per cent) – the number of car users is stably high. Between 2016 and 2018, the number of car users grew fastest among people aged 30–39 years and the lower-middle income group, the former from 51 to 63 per cent, the latter from 41 to 55 per cent.

Most cars are driven between 5,000 and 10,000 kilometres a year, and on average they have 17,000 kilometres on the clock, 800 more than two years ago. Car use grew in nearly every social group, most of all among young people, those with no more than eight years of education, graduates of secondary school, and villagers. Only Budapest residents and college/university graduates used their cars less than two years ago, and only slightly.

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