Top 10 reasons drivers are embarrassed of their cars as hundreds admit shame

A study of 2,000 car owners by Armor All found that almost half – 49 per cent – feel their current vehicles deserve more care than they are currently given

More than a third of motorists are embarrassed by the mess their car is in

Millions of drivers are embarrassed about the state of their cars due to cleanliness, dents, scratches – and even its colour.

A study of 2,000 car owners found one in six are self-conscious about the condition of their motor and almost half (49 per cent) feel it deserves more care than it’s currently given.

More than a third are simply embarrassed by the mess their car is in, with 41 per cent believing they are “terrible” at washing their vehicle.

And 54 per cent are left red-faced by the scuffs and scrapes they’ve accumulated over the years.

Dominika Smolinska, from car care product company Armor All, which commissioned the research, said: “We’re so reliant on our vehicles yet they don’t always get the care they deserve.

“This research has given us a very interesting insight into what makes people feel embarrassed about their cars. However, one thing people are in control of, is cleaning their vehicle.”

We don’t always give our cars the care they deserve


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The study also found more than a quarter were not a fan of the colour of their car, with 56 per cent only putting up with it because they couldn’t afford an upgrade.

And more than a quarter (27 per cent) decided not to get a new car for fear of ruining it.

But in a bid to improve their motor, six in 10 regularly wash their own wheels, with 38 per cent owning a set of car cleaning items.

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41 per cent believe they are ‘terrible’ at washing their vehicle


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While more than a third (39 per cent) even admitted to enjoying the process of cleaning their car.

Dominika Smolinska added: “Brits don’t have to put up with suffering from ‘carbarassment’ if they integrate or start a car care routine with Armor All.

“Their range of high-quality products includes everything needed to both protect and clean vehicles in less time and with less effort.”

But more than a third of us enjoy the process of cleaning our cars


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1. It was really old

2. It was just an ugly car

3. It had scratches on it

4. It was rusty

5. I didn’t like the colour

6. It was covered in dents

7. It was too small

8. It was an ’embarrassing’ brand of car

9. It made a strange noise from the engine

10. It was filthy on the outside

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