finds 1 in 3 young people are more likely to date a car owner

Published: Tue Aug 23 2011 has revealed the results of a new survey that shows many young adults feel that owning a car helps to get a date. More than 1 in 3 young adults (34%) feel that young people who can drive and have a car are sexier than non-drivers, and more likely to get a boyfriend/girlfriend.

More than 1 in 3 (35%) told that having a car and being able to drive will improve the chances of getting a date. 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 with the majority (65%) say that it’s 'really shallow' to date someone because of the car they drive.

Well over 1 in 3 young adults (40%) told that they felt getting a boyfriend or girlfriend is more likely for those who have a car and can drive, while 12% think that the better the car, the better love life you have. Women are more likely than men to look for a partner who can drive, with 39% of 17-25 year olds saying they are more likely to date a driver than a non-driver, compared to just 24% of young men. 1 in 2 young men (51%) think that they are more likely to get a girlfriend or boyfriend if they have a car, compared to just 36% of young women.

When it comes to making love, 18% of young men think that the better car you drive, the better love life you have, while only 9% of women surveyed think this is true.

The cost of driving and insurance costs are the highest barriers among young people wanting to get behind the wheel; higher even than the cost of buying the car. Other common barriers, as rated by 17-25 year olds in the UK include passing the driving test, the cost of petrol and fees associated with learning to drive.

Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at said: "Getting a car is a sign of growing up and becoming an adult for many people in their late teens and early twenties. The cost of insurance shouldn’t stand in the way of that process. 50% of under 25s could save up to £571 on car insurance by shopping around on, leaving them more money to wine and dine a partner."

About was the UK's first price comparison site for car insurance. is one of the biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance quotes, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more.'s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators. is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. is regulated by the FSA.

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