It seems a traditional Sunday afternoon pastime in Britain is going by the wayside. Many a childhood memory is dotted with images of our fathers and older brothers out there on the drive or road, soapy sponge in hand lovingly cleaning the week’s muck off their pride and joy. Nowadays, however, motorists are sending their cars out to be cleaned.
With the sharp increase in the last few years of cheap, hand car washing places in car parks and empty industrial spaces is putting to rest the customary car wash at the weekend, Britain’s drivers are increasingly relying on these small businesses to keep their cars in good nick.
A recent survey by a well known car leasing firm has revealed that around 78% of those asked said they would rather take their cars to be cleaned than do it themselves. The main reasons quoted were not enough time, it’s a dull task and the cars washers will probably do a better job.
The survey also showed a split between genders with more than 90% of women as opposed to less than 70% of men paying for the job. In addition, a split appeared between ages as well with older drivers much more likely to do it themselves and younger drivers saying they just don’t have the time to devote to the car.