It’s true – men love their cars more

2010-03-07 08:28

WOMEN have always had a sneaky suspicion that their men love their cars more than them.
And now, according to a survey done by fuel company BP, they just might be right.

The survey revealed that men would rather spend money on their cars than buying tokens of love for their wives or girlfriends.

Some motorists have even admitted that their cars are more reliable than their partners.

This probably explains why some people save money all year only to blow it on their cars with accessories, bigger speakers or new wheels and tyres.

BP’s brands and insights ­manager Tristao Abro said the survey was done as part of the BP Ultimate Ride Campaign, a competition which gives car enthusiasts the opportunity to modify their own virtual 3-D model Volkswagen Scirocco online with a wide variety of car parts and ­accessories.

Abro said the survey was conducted mainly among car fanatics, but the results are consistent with the kind of feedback they have been receiving.

“Some of the responses we received were quite humorous, like ‘my car doesn’t talk back to me’ or ‘my car is more reliable than my partner’,” he said.

“From our research we noticed that the longer a motorist keeps a car, the more attached they become,” he said.
People who change cars often are less attached.

First cars are also significant – similar to a first love. “I know people who actually cried when they sold their first car. The average age of cars on the road is about 15 years, and generally South Africans change their cars every 10 years – unless they have company cars,” said Abro.

The survey also showed an incredible number of people (male and female) name their cars and many admitted talking to their cars on a daily basis – just as they would to a partner.
Abro said one grandmother ­admitted making her grandkids take off their shoes when they got into her car.
Many motorists feel their cars are a part of the family, and they are treated as such.

And it turns out that men change cars more often than women do.

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