Motorists in Wales are prouder of their cars than English drivers.
They are more likely to wash their own cars than any other part of the country with the exception of Scotland.
More than four in 10 (43%) British motorists are either too lazy or too busy to wash their own cars, and get someone else to do it, according to a survey carried out by the AA’s used car portal. That figure rises to nearly six in ten (58%) for time-poor Londoners.
In Scotland, the weekend tradition still appears to be in fashion with more than two-thirds (68%) stating they wash their own cars, followed by Wales (65%), the North East (63%) and South West (62%).
Almost a quarter (22%) of car owners polled now use a pop-up hand car wash, which can often be found on a supermarket or major out-of-town retailer car park. The convenience means customers can do the weekly shop and have their car cleaned at the same time.
The AA-Populus poll, which canvassed 19,619 AA members on how often they clean their cars, and the methods most frequently used, also revealed that fewer professionals (54%) wash their own cars compared to semi-skilled and manual workers (63%).
The gender difference is even more marked with close to two thirds of men (61%) claiming to do a DIY bucket and sponge job, or home pressure washer, compared to just 49% of women who preferred to pay to have their cars washed.
The poll also showed that just one in ten (10%) respondents give their car a clean on the outside once a week, with only 29% admitting they only gave their vehicle a wash once every few months.