Couples argue more about the price when buying a car together, than any other purchasing consideration. Research by online used car retailer Carsite.co.uk, found that in more than one in four cases (25.7%), money was the number one reason for getting into a dispute with their partner over what car to buy.
Second most frequent cause for ‘carguments’ was style, with just over 23% of drivers admitting they had clashed with their partners over what their potential new car should look like. Along a similar theme, colour was also a significant catalyst for debate for the motorists interviewed, sparking 19% of altercations.
‘We’re not officially out of the recession yet, so naturally big purchases are going to be more closely scrutinised,’ said Carsite’s Alistair Jeff. ‘Many household budgets are still tight, and when it comes to buying a car, it’s one of the biggest investments a couple can make together. So it’s perhaps no surprise that money is the biggest cause of contention in the car buying process.’
Most disputed factor when buying a car with your partner
Price – 25.7%
Style – 23.3%
Colour – 18.9%
Performance/Engine size – 14.4%
Depreciation/Future value – 7.8%
Equipment/Technology – 6.7%
Economy – 3.3%
The least likely reason to cause a dispute was economy, responsible for just one in 30 disagreements.
Jeff added; ‘With the fluctuating fuel prices of the last few years, motorists are perhaps more united in wanting to get better mileage out of their car purchases.’
Carsite.co.uk offers one-owner ex-fleet cars at up to 20% less than conventional dealership prices. With no expensive showrooms or salesmen on commission, the savings are passed directly to the customer – ideal for couples liable to budget bust ups.