Why do the rich have dirtier cars?

While it may seem unlikely that richer people will drive round in dirtier cars, the AA’s survey found that on average 8.5 per cent of drivers from blue-collar, part-time, unemployed or pensioner backgrounds wash their car once a week, that’s nearly one in ten from these backgrounds.

This exceeds the six per cent average found for motorists from professional and managerial positions.

Furthermore whilst 16 per cent of motorists from lower-income groups wash their car every fortnight, only 11.5 per cent of wealthier car owners do it that frequently.

The most commonly preferred time for professionals and managers to wash their car is every couple of months, with 35.5 per cent from this group doing so. Meanwhile 29.5 per cent of lower-income motorists wash their car at this frequency.

Out of all those surveyed, one in 50 or three per cent wash their car only once a year or not all, this doubles to six per cent amongst all the female motorists surveyed.

The AA president, Edmund King, commented: ‘Hopefully the 3 per cent of drivers or 6 per cent of women, who never or rarely wash their cars, do at least keep their cars legal by cleaning windscreen, lights and number-plates’.

44 per cent of drivers aged over 55 washed their car weekly or once a fortnight, double the percentage compared to younger drivers of whom just 22 per cent do so.

King added: “Keeping your car clean, particularly windows, lights and number-plates, can keep you on the right side of the law, and regular cleaning can help preserve the value of the car too, by getting rid of salt and other corrosive substances.”

So if your car is on the dirty side, pop into your nearest Perrys dealership service centre for a service to ensure the lack of car care is not causing unnecessary damage to your pride and joy.