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Cars can “put off” house buyers

More than a third of Brits would be put off buying or renting a property based on the type of cars parked on the street, according to a new survey.

Car leasing experts UK Carline carried out a survey of 1,023 people to find out what factors influence their opinion of an area and which cars we associate with having good neighbours.

According to the poll, Mercedes-Benz owners make the best neighbours, with 43% saying they would associate the manufacturer with good neighbours.

In fact, it would seem that luxury German cars were generally held in high regard with British people, as Audi and BMW ranked second and third respectively.

Top 5 cars associated with having ‘good neighbours’

  1. Mercedes-Benz 43%
  2. Audi 41%
  3. BMW 40%
  4. Jaguar 38%
  5. Porsche 30%

However, it’s bad news for Subaru owners, as the Japanese brand [the performance end of the range?] came top of the list as the one Brits would associated with having a bad neighbour.

Top 5 cars associated with having ‘bad neighbours’

  1. Subaru 15%
  2. Fiat 14%
  3. BMW 12%
  4. Ford 11%
  5. Vauxhall 10%

As well as cars parked on the street, other factors which affected people’s opinions of an area were rubbish bins overflowing on the street (70%) or groups of teenagers hanging around the area (68%).

Jonathan Nolan, General Manager at UK Carline, said: “We think it’s really interesting that so many people make judgements about their neighbours based on the cars they drive.

“Thankfully, since leasing makes prestige brands more affordable, it’s definitely much easier to keep up with the Joneses on your street and raise your home’s curb appeal with a brand new lease car!”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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