Survey: Luxury-Car Drivers Feel Entitled To Park Illegally

July 20, 2010
Well, here's another reason to shoot a disdainful look at the guy in the shiny new luxury car even more as he jostles for an illegal parking space.

Luxury-car owners (such as those of the BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz M-Class) carry a feeling of invulnerability with respect to parking fines—and perhaps entitlement to get out of them. So finds a new survey from the car-lease marketplace LeaseTrader.com.

If parked illegally, 72.5 percent of luxury drivers thought that they could get out of a ticket, while just 21.4 percent of SUV or truck drivers thought they'd be able to get out of one.

These results come from a new national survey of more than 2,000 drivers, and comprised of drivers in four distinct vehicle categories. They were polled about the likelihood of getting tickets for various forms of infractions for speeding, red-light running, or illegal parking or u-turns.

But with respect to speeding and most else, it's the opposite; luxury drivers think they're more likely to get a speeding ticket. Of those polled, 63.2 percent thought that they would get a ticket for going 10 mph over the speed limit, while just 28.2 percent of economy-car drivers (of vehicles like the Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cobalt) thought they would. Mid-size car, SUV, and truck drivers fell somewhere in the middle.

Those who drive truly frugal rides have a sense of invulnerability for a different reason, LeaseTrader.com. Because they think they blend in with traffic, 15.7 percent of economy-car drivers think that they're least likely to get a red-light ticket. Drivers of luxury vehicles thought themselves more likely to get a ticket for running a red light (62.1 percent), followed by SUV/Truck drivers and those with mid-size cars.

[LeaseTrader.com]

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