Fifty-seven percent of respondents to a recent survey say they service their vehicle more often than they see a doctor.
Teeth don’t fare much better. Sixty-three percent of respondents to the national survey — conducted by Cars.com — say their vehicle service departments get more visits from them than their dentist.
The main message of the survey? Most respondents say they have strong feelings of love toward their personal vehicles. Seventy-three percent love their cars a lot, and 69 percent feel significant pride in their vehicle.
How much pride? According to the survey, 57% of respondents would rather take their car to the car wash than get a haircut.
That passion extends to sharing, or not sharing. Sixty-eight percent would not allow their vehicle to be used for ride-sharing. Thirty-seven percent would not loan their car to a friend or family member.
The study breaks out some of its vehicle-love findings by location. Los Angeles residents love their cars the most; Boston residents, the least.
Los Angeles residents are most likely to wash their vehicles more often than they water their plants. Boston residents would rather get a haircut than wash their car.
San Francisco drivers are least willing to tolerate passengers eating fast food or drinking coffee or soda in their car, and 28% of those respondents are more likely to keep their vehicle’s floor mats cleaner than their kitchen floors.
More geographical findings: St. Louis residents are most willing to allow kids in the car and to allow the eating of fast food in the back seat. Atlanta drivers won’t allow their car to be parked on the street or used for moving, according to the survey, which also found that they are also the least willing to allow athletes to bring their smelly gear into their vehicle.
But Cleveland residents show the most interest in their health over their vehicles. Out of all the cities surveyed, they are most likely to go to the doctor more often than they service their vehicles.