New research from Europcar suggests a third of drivers would opt for a prestige car to make a great first impression Just 1% of respondents said they would choose an estate car when hiring for a special day.
The study also found that women in particular were unimpressed by an estate. Top of the list for the car that gives the best impression was Mercedes with 32 per cent of the vote.
The street-appeal of sports cars and coupes also made them a top choice to impress for more than one in five motorists.
According to the new research, younger motorists are particularly fussy when it comes to driving the right car.
Although almost a quarter (23%) of 25-34 year olds said the car someone drives is important when meeting a potential partner. Reassuringly though, it’s not all about the wheels. Almost half (49%) of all respondents admitted that the first thing they usually notice about someone on a first date is their smile.
“Although we make judgements about people every day, this is magnified on a first date” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “But our research suggests that a winning smile and a set of Prestige wheels with wow factor could make sure there’s a good chance of a second date!
When it comes to making a lasting impression, more than one in four women prefer the space and celebrity appeal of a limousine, while a quarter of men opt for the thrill of a sports car.
Regionally, it is drivers in the north-east who believe the car someone drives is important to make a good impression on a potential partner at 44 per cent, compared to just 16 per cent of motorists living in the east of the UK.
Londoners (35 per cent), those from the north west (34 per cent) and the south east (32 per cent) also thought the set of wheels was important for making a good first impression.
27th March, 2014