Breaking Up (With Your Car) Is Hard To Do

June 5, 2013

A car can be like the third wheel in a relationship. When does the new girlfriend get to drive it? Would you rather spend your Sunday cruising the highways or snuggling with the boyfriend? The Bermuda love triangle that sits between two lovers and one car has wrecked more than a few marriages.

According to a new survey from AutoTrader, that's because our feelings toward our vehicles are surprisingly similar to our feelings for the people we love.

Over 70% of those who responded to the survey said that they felt "very attached" or "somewhat attached" to their car, and 36% considered their car an "old friend". When asked why they felt so strongly about their vehicle, 65% said "It's dependable", while 52% said "It's comfortable". Sound familiar?

The infographic above reveals that men and women relate differently to their vehicles, but not in the ways you might think. Among women, 48% said that they were attracted to their vehicle's appearance, while 20% said that their bond with their car stemmed from the fond memories they shared.

For men, it was reverse: only 29% said that they loved their car for its looks, while while a whopping 57% waxed sentimental thinking about the things they'd done together.  [Women, please insert snarky comment here.]

As with most things, age brings an ability to look beyond the skin-deep. Folks in the 18-24 range were most likely to be drawn to a car's appearance (50%). Those 55-64, a bit further down life's road, were most prone to appreciate the experience a vehicle offers -- namely, the way it drives (60%).

And as with human affairs, respondents said that they've ended their relationship with a car when it became expensive (64%) and unreliable (70%). Before kicking it to the curb, though, 65% said that they'd want to take a long road trip with their car, just to say goodbye. Yeesh, get a room.

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