Motorists apply TLC on Sundays at 10.30am
More people pamper their cars each week than go to church, according to new research from Kwik Fit.
Its new study reveals that 6.2 million car proud motorists (19%) religiously clean and check their motor at least once a week compared to a devout 4.9 million who go to church. On a monthly basis the gap grows even wider: there are almost three times as many (21.5 million) car worshipping motorists as regular churchgoers (7.6 million).
Nationwide, the most popular TLC (Time to Love your Car) is between 10am and 11am on a Sunday, which clashes with thousands of church services. Collectively, motorists spend over five million hours a week on TLC at an average of 26 minutes each.
When it comes to the amount of TLC spent, men take almost 10 minutes longer than women (30 minutes versus 21 minutes) on washing, waxing and vacuuming their cars as well as checking oil, water, tyre pressure and screenwash levels. Regionally, Londoners give the most TLC – 33 minutes on average – while motorists in Wales are the least generous at 22 minutes.
While motorists on average apply TLC every two to three weeks, 1.1 million confess to cleaning their cars once a year at the most and over two million motorists (6%) never do so.
David White, customer services director of Kwik Fit, said: “Keeping faith with regular car maintenance may not be spiritually rewarding but can certainly save money. Well maintained cars are more likely to keep their value and owners are in a better position to spot faults before they become more expensive to fix and more likely to affect road safety.
“Motorists who’ve spotted a fault or would like a second opinion are welcome to visit their nearby Kwik Fit for a free check. As most of our centres are open on a Sunday there’s the option to have two different types of service in the same day.”