Market Research Uncovers How Often Britons Wash Their Cars

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13th September 2012 15:17 - Automotive

A survey commissioned by the AA covering 18,080 of its members has revealed how different Britons treat their cars in terms of keeping them clean.

The findings indicate that well-off drivers tend to have dirtier cars - only 6% of vehicle owners from professional and managerial backgrounds wash their car once a week, compared with 8.5% of lower-income owners.

In addition, only 11.5% of wealthier motorists clean their car twice a week, compared to 16% of lower-income earners.

A total of 47% of the surveyants admitted to washing their cars every couple of months or every six months. The worst of the respondents at 3% however only washed their car once a year, with this figure doubling amongst female drivers to 6%.

In terms of regional location, drivers in Scotland and north-east England were found to have the cleanest cars, since 11% of owners in these places wash their cars every week in contrast to only 4% in London and in south-west England.

When analysing age differences, the study found that half as many younger drivers (22%) than those aged over 55 (44%) washed their car once a fortnight or weekly.

AA President Edmund King commented: "Keeping your car clean, particularly windows, lights and number-plates, can keep you on the right side of the law."

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