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COVID-19 Has Changed How Americans Use Their Cars

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By    |   Monday, 31 August 2020 03:16 PM

With people leaving their homes less during the coronavirus pandemic, their vehicles have taken on a new role as an escape hatch.

According to the Detroit Free Press, two surveys revealed that many Americans are using their cars to get away from the people around them, change their scenery, take a nap, make a personal phone call, or just grab some alone time.

"I had to drive out to the suburbs recently. I have two teens and it was my first time in awhile being out of the house," Jenni Newman, the editor-in-chief of Cars.com, told the Free Press. "It was my first feeling that life was normal again. I was singing loudly and having a great time. It hit me — it was a fabulous, soothing bond for my soul."

In a survey conducted by TrueCar, 73% of respondents said they use their cars for "me time" and to get away from the people they live with. While many people said they use their cars for Zoom meetings or as a quiet office space, others said they take their cars for a spin going nowhere, simply to get time for themselves.

COVID-19 has changed what Americans want in their next vehicles, too. Experts say that there's a demand for more space and greater technology as well as off-road capability.

According to Newman, the car has now become a "bubble on wheels." Car dealers say that sales of RVs are skyrocketing and online searches for sedans shot up 14% from April to June of this year. In a survey conducted by Cars.com, 29% of people who want to buy a vehicle over Labor Day weekend said they are looking for convertibles.

Americans' new love affair with their vehicles has spawned soaring prices for both new and used cars, according to Axios. The demand is outstripping the supply and manufacturing stoppages have reduced the number of new car options on dealers' lots.

"People are being hyper cautious about public transportation and ride-sharing and so they are turning to vehicle ownership to get where they need to go," Newman said.

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