Love Affair With New Cars Lasts Longer for Women

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It’s called the “honeymoon period” and it doesn’t just apply to your spouse. It also covers swooning for that brand-new car, and it turns out women love their new cars longer than men do.

According to a survey conducted by, women are more than three times more likely to stay in love with their car longer than men. A woman’s average honeymoon period lasts 14 months, while men only make it about four months before the luster of the new-car relationship wears off.

The poll of approximately 2,500 drivers also breaks down the moment people know the magic is gone.

For women, the automotive love affair is over when they let a spouse finally drive it (39%), start carpooling with other people’s kids (24%), eat in the car (12%), put makeup on in the car while driving (9% — and also a big no-no) and leave clothes in the car (6%).

Men know the flame has expired when they park around other cars (33%), start transporting sports equipment (22%), clean their cars less frequently (17%), are bothered by high payments (12%) and don’t care who drives on long trips (3%).

Our only editorial comment on this poll is we bet most of the 22% of guys who cited “transporting sports equipment” were likely just trying to impress a female pollster.

Survey: Women Love Their New Cars Longer Than Men (DriveOn)

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