The study reveals that 6.2 million proud motorists (19%) religiously check and clean their ride at least once a week compared to the 4.9 million who attend church weekly. The gap grows yet wider when the results are compared on a monthly basis with 21.5 million car owners pampering their vehicles compared with 7.6 million churchgoers.
The most popular time nationwide for TLC (Time to love your car) is between 10 and 11 am on a Sunday, which is the time thousands of church services across the country are held. On average motorists spend around 26 minutes on vacuuming, washing, waxing and checking the levels on their vehicles each week, which equates to a colossal 5 million hours a week being spent on TLC.
On average men spend 9 minutes longer religiously cleaning their vehicles each week with an average of 30 minutes whilst women spend around 21. Londoners are the most generous with the time they spend on TLC with an average of 33 minutes whilst those living in Wales tend to spend less time with an average of 22 minutes.
On average motorists claim to apply TLC at least every 2 to 3 weeks, but 1.1 million confess to only cleaning their cars once a year and over 2 million never do so at all!
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.”