Sunday 4 December 2016

What we think of you 'depends on the car you drive'

Published 30/11/2016 | 02:30

Half of motorists say they will never own their dream car
Half of motorists say they will never own their dream car

We judge people on the cars they drive; lots of us are not happy with the vehicles we have; nearly half of us say we'll never own our dream car.

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Dear oh dear! But we motorists are a motley mix, no doubt. Our views on cars emerge in a new survey which seems to suggest quite a few of us are right old snobs. It seems we assess and regard people on the basis of what car they are driving.

The study for DoneDeal found that more than a quarter of us (26pc) judge others by the motor they own.

Much the same proportion reckon the car they now have doesn't really suit. It isn't 'the right match for them'.

I don't know what to make of the finding that 44pc feel they will never own their dream car. Dream cars are exactly that for the vast majority of us - dreams.

The fact that only 44pc are a bit fatalistic about it suggests 54pc are far more optimistic. The figures show nearly a third believe it is "very" likely they will own their dream car one day. Good luck to them.

Apparently, too, more than half of us believe our car reflects our personality. No comment.

The authors tell us "image is very important" when purchasing a car for a lot of people. More women agree with that, they say. And more than a half of 18-24 year olds concur. While a quarter don't feel their car 'matches' them, 73pc are happy with their motor - and that level of satisfaction rises to 84pc for those aged 55 and older.

But the real snobbery comes out with the revelation that more than a quarter claim to judge others by the car they drive. Those in the 25-34 year-old bracket are the most likely to judge others (more than a third).

At the other end of the scale, 82pc of those aged 55 and over said they do not judge others by the motor they drive.

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