Many new car owners become giddy over their new ride, but for how long? According to a survey conducted by LeaseTrader.com, the "honeymoon" stage for women lasts more than three times longer than for men.
LeaseTrader.com asked about 2,500 men and women how long they loved their new car, and when they finally realized the honeymoon period was over. For men, the average was four months, but women loved their cars up to 14 months before the new-car high faded.
"Generally drivers living a leasing lifestyle have a shorter honeymoon period with their car," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of LeaseTrader.com, which helps people trade their car lease to someone else.
Signs the honeymoon is over
• Parks around other cars (33 percent)
• Starts transporting sports equipment (22 percent)
• Less frequent car cleaning (17 percent)
• High payment starts to bother them (12 percent)
• Stops using gas mileage button (7 percent)
• No more fights over who drives during long trips (3 percent)
• Other (6 percent)
• Lets spouse finally drive car (39 percent)
• Starts carpooling other kids (24 percent)
• Started eating in car (12 percent)
• Puts makeup on while driving (9 percent)
• Leaves clothes in car (6 percent)
• Starts smoking in car (2 percent)
• Other (8 percent)