February 12, 2003


50% of Americans have ‘made out’ in their cars

Chicago, Illinois – Romance may blossom inside a lot of cars this Valentine’s Day. A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. car owners by the International Carwash Association (ICA) found that 50% of Americans have kissed or ‘made out’ in their cars, 27% have made love in their cars, 26 percent were told they were loved for the first time in a car, or knew someone else who was; 10 percent got engaged in a car, or knew someone else who did; and 9 percent conceived a child in a car, or knew someone else who did.

Other findings from the survey:

  • 90 percent of all car owners sing in their cars.

  • 60 percent hold conversations with their cars.
  • 38 percent have had their car play a significant role in a wedding ceremony or honeymoon, or knew someone else who did.
  • 36 percent decorate the interior with trinkets such as fuzzy dice, steering wheel covers, etc.
  • 34 percent made a life decision in their cars.
  • 27 percent give their cars “pet” names.
  • 22 percent displayed pictures of their cars.
  • 20 percent hold meetings in their cars.
  • 19 percent “hang out” on their car rooftop.
  • 4 percent have celebrated their car’s birthday and/or anniversary.
  • 4 percent have been named after a car (or knew someone else who had).

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