According to a new survey, 7 out of 10 people are unsure as to what terms such as range anxiety, PHC and supercharger actually mean. Furthermore, 24% of buyers have decided against buying a vehicle because they didn’t understand the terminology being used by the salesman.

From a survey of 2000 adults carried out by CarStore, 34% of those surveyed felt ‘out of their depth’ when discussing anything other than conventional petrol or diesel cars, with 54% not knowing what a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is, and only 24% knowing what BHP (brake horsepower) is.

Just under 6 out of 10 adults surveyed said that their lack of knowledge on such phrases impacts negatively on their confidence when buying a vehicle. As a result, 74% of buyers would take a friend who knows more about cars when they are considering buying, with Dad being the ‘expert’ of choice.

So here are the top 20 car related terms that the British don’t understand:

  1. PCH (personal contract hire)
  2. PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle)
  3. EPS (electric power steering)
  4. PCP (personal contract purchase)
  5. A-pillar
  7. Range anxiety
  8. Differential
  9. HPI check
  10. Torque
  11. VIN (vehicle identification number)
  12. EV (electric vehicle)
  13. Understeer
  14. Supercharger
  15. Odometer
  16. Traction control
  17. Alternator
  18. Brake horsepower
  19. Wheelbase
  20. Catalytic converter

Here at Just Vehicle Solutions, simplicity is one our core values. We won’t try to baffle you with any technical terms or jargon: just simple, honest advice.  Book a call with a member of our team today to discuss your next lease car.