Over a quarter (29%) of car owners wait over three months before they clean the inside of their cars, reveals a new poll.
Car leasing specialist UK Carline polled 1,006 UK car owners’ attitudes to cleanliness and discovered that 61% of car owners wait longer than a month before cleaning the inside of their cars with a shocking 7% admitting to only cleaning their car’s interior once a year, or never at all.
Despite car owners cleaning their car out so rarely, 69% of respondents admitted to spilling either food or drinks in their car with 14% even confessing to letting food go mouldy in there. A further 11% have slept there, while nearly one in five (18%) have admitted having sex in their car.
|With these activities a regular occurrence in the UK’s cars, it’s no surprise that one in ten are embarrassed to show their car to their friends, and 16% apologise for the mess when others get in their vehicle.
Speaking about the findings, Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline, said, “We were shocked to discover just how infrequently people clean their vehicles.
“To say that a car is often people’s pride and joy it’s certainly a surprise that over 1 in 4 people are only cleaning them once every three months or less.
“We know that people tend to treat their car like an extension of their home, but avoiding eating in the car and taking belongings and rubbish with you every time you leave your vehicle can help prevent your car from becoming a second wardrobe – or a bin!”
|Here are the key stats for Wales|
|15% only clean the inside of their cars once a year
13% only clean the outside of their car once a year
38% have spilt a drink
30% have spilled food
16% have had sex in the car
13% have been or had someone be sick in the car
30% apologise for the mess when giving someone a lift
In light of the findings, UK Carline launched a nationwide hunt to track down Britain’s messiest cars, hosting a photo competition with hilarious results – from mobile wardrobes on the back seat to apple cores all over the dashboard.