This week: Quantifying how much we care about cars.
Cars nationwide that “have at least one safety recall that’s never been fixed,” according to Carfax. That’s one in every five on the road. Even worse, “5 million of them were bought and sold by potentially unsuspecting consumers in 2014.”
Average car insurance premium in one section of Detroit — making the home of the Big Three automakers the most expensive in the nation to insure a car, according to Carinsurance.com. The lowest in the nation? Only 100 miles away in Green Springs, Ohio, at $771.
“The average time it took to complete the vehicle sales process” when buying a new car, according to AutoTrader. “Negotiation took an average of 21 minutes and a maximum of 41 minutes.” For how much we bitch about the time it takes to buy a new car, this is the length of one episode of NCIS without commercials.
Drivers who support a “complete ban of cellphone use while driving,” according to FindLaw. Only 8 percent want no restrictions at all. The other 50 percent? They support “hands-free” calls.
Americans who, when they get older, “consider it likely they would buy a car associated with a midlife crisis.” Carmax.com also says that car is no longer the stereotypical red sports car: “17 percent would purchase an SUV and 15 percent would pick a sedan.” Still, most predicted they’d buy a Ford Mustang or Chevy Corvette.