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Does owning a car make you more likely to get a date?

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A new survey conducted by insurance comparison site Confused.com has found that many young drivers believe that owning a car will help you to get a date.

More than 1 in 3 young adults (34%) feel that those in the same age category who can drive and own a car are more attractive than non-drivers, and more likely to get a boyfriend/girlfriend.

A further 35% believe that owning a car will improve their chances of getting a date.  However, it doesn't matter too much what kind of car it is though; only 12% of young adults admit to dating someone because of the car they drive.  65% actually believe that it is ‘really shallow’ to date someone just because of the car they drive.

At the other end of the spectrum though, 12% of young adults believe that the better the car you own, the better love life you will have.

Women are statistically more likely than men to look for a partner who can drive, with 39% of those surveyed between the ages of 17-25 years old saying they are more likely to date a driver than a non-driver.  Only 24% of men said this would be a factor when considering someone to date.

Strangely though, 1 in 2 young males (51%), think that they are more likely to get a partner if they have a car, whereas only 35% of women think this is true.

The survey also found that many young drivers feel that there are barriers preventing them from becoming a motorist.  The most common was the cost of insurance, with most young drivers feeling that it is now higher than the cost of the car.  Other barriers included passing the driving test, the cost of petrol, and learning to drive fees.

An industry expert said of the survey results, "Getting a car is a sign of growing up and becoming an adult for many people in their late teens and early twenties. This gives the feeling of impressing others, and we are all impressed when we see someone in a very nice car, regardless of age.  However with the cost of motoring on the rise, many youngsters realise this is holding them back from owning a car.  The best thing they can do is to shop around to find the cheapest price for their insurance.”

By Ben Malkin

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