ALMOST half of drivers feel their engine represents their personality – many believe its colour, acceleration and sound system speak volumes about who they are as a person.
Drivers of rugged SUVs are the most family-oriented – according to a survey of 2,000 drivers, three in five of them say they “always” put their loved ones first.
Half of hatchback drivers consider themselves loyal and dependable, with just five percent saying they live “the fast lane life”.
And 41 percent of station wagon owners proudly declare that they are organized.
In contrast, up to one in three people behind the wheel of an SUV wants to “go anywhere, anytime”.
Many think that their vehicle says more about them than their job, the way they dress, and even their taste in music.
A quarter of drivers even chose a vehicle that better suited their personality, rather than something more practical.
The study was commissioned by Your Red Car, the online car marketplace operated by Santander, which also developed a quiz to help drivers determine their “car personality“.
The quiz tells motorists if they’re in the “Fiat 500 gang,” a kid-centric “Volvo Viber,” or likely a “fast and furious Porsche driver,” to name a few.
Denton Brock, director of Your Red Car, said: “A car can say volumes about you as a person and can often be an extension of who we are.
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“For others, especially with children, it can even be an extension of the family — that’s why it’s so important to find the right thing, both practical and aesthetic, and one that has everything in an important personality fit.”
The study also found that 65 percent of drivers do not yet own their dream car – 32 percent envision a luxurious interior and 23 percent would prefer it in their favorite color.
However, “driving pleasure” is the top quality that you want from your dream car.
More than a third admitted that driving their dream car would mean reaching an important life milestone.
Of those who already drive their perfect car, nearly three in five said it was “a pleasure to drive,” while 30 percent said it had “the latest technology.”
It also found that when buying a used car, three out of ten parents said their little ones influenced their purchasing decision.
While children were the most likely to want more space, one in ten admitted their child had persuaded them to buy a particular vehicle because it was “cool.”
More than half of drivers are “proud” of the way their vehicle looks – they spend an average of two hours and 26 minutes a month looking after their engine.
Denton Brock added: “For so many, our car is our pride – so it’s really important that it looks good.
“But for those looking for something new – whether it’s something strong and sturdy for the family, a nimble little engine or in a ‘must have’ colour, it’s easy to find one on the Your Red Car website great range of used cars, for a range of budgets and have peace of mind knowing all our dealers are approved by Santander Consumer Finance.”
To see the wide range of quality vehicles and the £75 premium Your Red Car has to offer go to www.yourredcar.co.uk
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