Shopping for Cars — America’s Least Favorite Pastime?
(NEW YORK) -- May was a banner month for the auto industry with 1.6 million vehicles sold in the U.S., the best monthly showing in nearly a decade.
And yet, Americans, as much as they love their cars, are clearly not enamored with going out and shopping for one, an Edmonds.com survey of 1,000 adults reports.
Just two in 10 respondents said they’d be willing to make the trip to a showroom to purchase a car, truck or SUV. In contrast, 46 percent would rather scrub out a toilet than shop for an automobile.
Going out to buy a car also lost out to sitting in the middle seat of a plane (32 percent) or going solo to a wedding (30 percent.)
Many of the respondents likened the stress of car shopping to getting married, going out on a first date or rooting for their team when a championship is on the line.
Edmonds.com says that 90 percent wish that the experience was easier than it is, adding what really makes car shopping a drag is haggling. More than eight in ten say they hate it when they talk price with salespeople and 21 percent actually said they’d forgo sex for an entire month if they could conduct a transaction without the hassle of haggling.
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