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Coming clean with inside story on dirty cars

PUBLISHED: 15:23 18 October 2015

Four our of 10 drivers do not offer people a lift in car their car because it is so dirty inside.

Four our of 10 drivers do not offer people a lift in car their car because it is so dirty inside.

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Filthy car interiors mean 40% of British drivers do not offer friends or colleagues a lift in their car.

And a further 15% drivers admit that they have never cleaned the interior of their car.

A survey shows 27% of drivers clean the interior of their car only once a year, while nine out of 10 drivers (88%) blame the poor state of their car’s interior on children.

Also, 34% blame the mess on passengers, while 22% say they don’t bother to clean the car’s interior because kids and pets will just make it messy again.

Although a quarter of motorists are unwilling to clean their own cars due to the inevitable return of mess, it seems that 79% of people would be willing to pay a professional, rather than try to sort out the mess themselves.

The most common mess that professional valeters remove from cars includes food packaging, dirty clothes, pet hair, newspapers and even dog mess.

Both sexes admit to taking less care of their cars than they should, but women are the worst culprits when it comes to car cleanliness as 48% confess to keeping a messy car. Only 35% of men admit to the same messy habits.

Andrew Kirkley, co-director of OSV which carried out the survey, said: “I think that there can be few people who have always kept their car immaculate, but it is quite important to try and keep them tidy.

“Loose drinks bottles 
on the car floor, for example, can cause 
quite devastating accidents if they roll beneath the brake pedal. Other litter can cause similar hazards. While we’re never going to judge anyone for not keeping their car clean, basic housekeeping does make sense. And if your kids are mucky pups, try keeping a container on the back seat, so that litter is controlled.”

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