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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:26 AM
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Puritanical? Thoughtful? You are what you drive
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp...

Forget the maxim that you are what you eat - the real key to your personality is the car that you drive. A person's choice of car can reveal what newspaper they read, the television programmes they watch and their state of physical health, according to new consumer research.

Far from being motivated solely by cost or horsepower, car buyers are driven by the desire for a set of wheels that reflects their lifestyles. More than 5,000 motorists were questioned by data analysts Wegener DM for the research company Consumer Insight. They were asked a series of health and lifestyle questions, as well as what new car they were considering buying.

The research found Peugeot owners were "thoughtful" types, who hated conformity, liked opera and were most likely to watch BBC news. Nissan drivers were "contented" types, who liked gardening, watched Countdown and looked for secure investments. Audi owners are "risk takers"; they have an energetic social life, are fans of Big Brother and are impulsive spenders.

As expected of cars that are beloved by "bling" aficionados, Premiership footballers - and their wives - Mercedes and Jaguar owners are deemed "aspirational". They care more about the look of their car than its reliability, are ambitious and don't believe in budgets.
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chicagojoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:38 AM
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1. Well, I recently bought a Nissan pick-up, and except for my
government, I'm rather content.
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Calanus Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:41 AM
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2. "My other car is your ass"
A license plate frame I saw the other day.
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RadicalMom Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:52 AM
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9. Hey, I have an ass (well, maybe you'd call it two then), but it
my ass runs on carrots and has fourteen inch ears.
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:42 AM
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3. And if you buy a used car because its there,
does that make you poor, old, and tired? :)
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:59 AM
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4. I drive a Buick....slow
...With the left turn signal on. When the road opens up to four lanes...I speed up.

What statement does that make? LOL
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:33 AM
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5. Oh dear, this looks bad for me.
I drive an old Ford and read Trollope and post on DU. Will life ever be the same for you all with such a person?
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:38 AM
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6. I drive a Ford Taurus station wagon,
which I bought so that my dog would have more room in the back. So what does that say about me?
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:20 AM
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7. Nothing
Not everyone wants to make a statement with the car they drive, whatever that article might say.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:49 AM
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8. If the article is correct
Then you may actually be someting of a puritan! :wow:

PURITANICAL

Over-45, men. Proud to be British

Reads: The Daily Telegraph
Watches: Antiques Roadshow, Last of the Summer Wine
Hobbies: Bird-watching, the pools, handicrafts
Health: Does not diet. Trusts doctors, drinks in moderation
Drives: Rover, Ford

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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:31 AM
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14. It says that
you care more about your dog than any bs perceived social status that comes from what you drive.

Aaaand, that, sadly, you're somewhat like me in that I bought my wagon for canine based reasons, as well.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:55 AM
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10. A fleet of aging Toyotas
All 4 of us - Dave, me and the 2 girls - drive Toyota Corollas or Camrys. The cars range from 4 to 16 years in age. All were bought used except the 16-year-old Corolla.

We want reliable, low-priced transportation with good gas mileage. If we were wealthy, we'd be driving Priuses.

My brother worked for a Toyota dealer years ago and told us he rarely, if ever, saw Toyota Corollas in the repair shop.

I look at gigantic SUVs and think, "Assholes".
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:04 AM
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11. Disengaged? Me?
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 08:04 AM by Danmel
Why are Honda owners content but Toyota owners disengaged? What's the real difference between a Camry and an Accord anyway? Pretty silly distinction. According to that I'm disengaged, feel life is a struggle, read the Star, don't work hard and watch "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". If I'd gotten the Accord instead of the Camry, I'd be "Contented", I'd be community minded and love to fish. Huh?
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:05 AM
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12. I drive a Nissan and I DO NOT garden or watch Countdown
... nor are most of my investments 'secure'.



:hippie:
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:15 AM
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13. Risk taker, energetic social life, fan of Big Brother, impulsive spender
kinda fits... I'm having difficulty having an energetic social life though, surrounded as I am by republicans.
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