Car cleaning ‘more popular than attending church’

More people bring out the car shampoo and wash mitts each week than go to church, a new survey has found.

Research by Kwik Fit found 6.2 million drivers clean their car and check the motor once a week compared to 4.2 million who give praise to the Lord.

The gap widens when the monthly picture is looked at, with 21.5 million treating their vehicle to some tender loving care and 7.6 million attending church.

When it comes to the most popular time to wash a car, the hour between 10:00 GMT and 11:00 GMT takes top spot, with the research finding that collectively, motorists devote over five million hours per week on car washing.

There are variations between the amount of time men and women spend on applying car waxes and car polishes, with gents taking ten minutes longer than ladies to spruce up their vehicle.

In terms of regions, Londoners devote the most care and attention to their bodywork and engine, with 33 minutes spent washing, vacuuming and drying.

This compares to motorists in Wales, who dedicate just 22 minutes to such tasks.

David White, customer services director at Kwik Fit, said that devoting time to taking care of a car's looks and mechanics will pay dividends in the long run.

"Well maintained cars are more likely to keep their value and owners are in a better position to spot faults before they become more expensive to fix and more likely to affect road safety," he stated.

Research by recently revealed that washing a vehicle by hand remains the most popular method for UK motorists, with 47 per cent claiming that this is how they make sure their motor looks its best when travelling down the road.

One-third said that they take their vehicle to a car wash service of some sort.

Posted by Mark Henderson

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