Survey: Half of Americans Consider Their Car as Family

April 1, 2024
A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Meineke showed the high emotional attachment drivers have with their cars, as well as their thoughts on the emergence of electric vehicles.

A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Meineke showed the high emotional attachment drivers have with their cars, as well as their thoughts on the emergence of electric vehicles, reports Digital Information World.

Of the 2,000 Americans surveyed, 51% responded that they consider their car as part of their family. This attachment has led to drivers desiring to hold on to their vehicles for as long as possible, as 53% said they would like to keep their cars forever if possible.

Six out of ten drivers surveyed are particularly fond of their vehicles for their reliability. 45% of respondents said they want to keep their cars forever because of its gas mileage, and 80% said that as long as their car is saving them money, they don’t want to part with it.

46% of respondents said they plan to continue using their vehicle as they can’t afford a new one–but when asked what car they would purchase if they were able to, 34% said they would want to purchase the same model. Of that group, 47% expressed interest in newer models, with most looking at EVs.

While 45% believe that EVs are the future–most of those being younger individuals–drivers still hold some concerns with EVs, with 66% worrying about high costs and 41% fearing an EV will mean more auto repair needs.

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