According to the last survey “The best memories and moments in a car” from CarNext:
- In these times of constraints, the car offers many advantages over other means of transportation: it is considered to offer more freedom and flexibility for 79% of respondents.
- 2 out of 5 French people give a nickname to their car.
- 64% of respondents say they have a dream car that they think about a lot.
Paris, April 15, 2021. CarNext, Europe's leading online marketplace for quality used cars, has published the results of its new survey "The best memories and moments in a car" on the occasion of its 10,000th customer in France. The survey reveals that 76% of respondents consider that they could not live without their car, a proportion that rises to 80% for women.
Car is a memory trigger like Proust’s “madeleine”
The car is above all a story of emotions and memories for the French. 57% of them consider that their best memory related to the car is obtaining their driver's license - 62% for women and 63% for 18–24-year-old people! This is proof, if any were needed, that this test is a bumpy road for a lot of people. The next most memorable moment was the first car purchased (48%), followed by the first date and a road trip with friends (19%) or family (15%).
When asked about their most amusing car-related memories, the French overwhelmingly (62%) said route errors. Next come children's games (22%), sick passengers (15%) or strange hitchhikers (12%).
Car as an object of desire…
The survey reveals that cars are more popular than ever with the French. They have developed a real sentimental relationship with them: nearly two out of five French people give a nickname to their car. Women are the most inclined to give an affectionate name to their vehicle, with nearly 47%. At the top of the podium comes the unavoidable "Titine" (nearly 60% of responses) followed closely by "Tuture". "Choupette" and "Pépette" complete this very affectionate ranking.
64% of respondents say they have a dream car that they think about often (74% for young people / 18-24 years). Among the most cited answers are the beautiful Italian luxury cars such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, but also German sedans such as Mercedes or Audi. In third position, show up the cars "coup de coeur" and linked to nostalgic memories of childhood. Among the most frequently mentioned are: the mythical and very hippy Volkswagen Van of the 60’s, the iconic Citroën DS, the mischievous Beetle or the modern and ecological Tesla.
…but also a very handy way to travel…
In the current pandemic context and while many European countries are totally or partially under some form of lockdown, the car appears to be increasingly essential in the daily life of the French. More than three-quarters (77%) consider it to be essential for shopping.
Similarly, for almost all of them (99%), the car offers many advantages over other means of transportation: it is considered to offer more freedom and flexibility (79% of respondents), more comfort (56% of respondents) and to be faster (52% of respondents).
…and deeply rooted in the French habits
It is also associated with several very positive elements: more than two-thirds (68%) associate the car with freedom. Next come independence and autonomy (65%) and the pleasure of driving (53%).
Stan Deveaux, Managing Director of CarNext France has commented the survey:
“The French declare their love for their car. In this period of uncertainty and health risks, this means of transportation appears to be the preferred way to get around, especially for the upcoming summer vacations. More than the mobility vision, it is the emotional component that stands out very strongly since the French associate the car with many positive and happy moments: the driving license, a trip with friends or family, a romantic encounter, etc. All these elements complement CarNext's customer approach by offering a hassle-free online or offline purchasing experience, which the company pioneered in Europe. We want to combine a customer approach that meets the expectations of the French about their car and to continue creating unforgettable memories with our customers”.