Over and over again I have personally witnessed a lemon law plaintiff tear up or actually begin to cry while recounting the numerous repairs involved with their vehicle. Back when I defended lemon law cases, I can recall being amazed at how emotional these people became. I understood that numerous time-consuming trips to the dealership, sometimes for the same thing over and over again, could be very frustrating. But sometimes the reaction seemed to go beyond that…
A recent AP-AOL Autos poll emphasizes how much our car means to some of us. The Indianapolis Star reported the following summary of poll results:
GENDER DIFFERENCES: Women, 26 percent, were more likely than men, 16 percent, to have nicknames for their cars. Unmarried women, 30 percent, were more likely than men or married women to give their cars nicknames. Nearly four in five, 78 percent, said they enjoy driving, while 20 percent consider it more of a bother. Women were more likely than men to think of their cars as female – 27 percent to 19 percent. Almost half of women, 44 percent, said they have thought their car had a personality of its own, compared with 30 percent of men. Over half, 55 percent, of single women said they have thought their car had a personality of its own, compared with 36 percent of married women and 33 percent of single men.
ENJOY DRIVING: Young adults, 88 percent, and seniors, 83 percent, were more likely than those 30-39, 68 percent, to say they enjoy driving. White men, 81 percent, were more likely than white women, 74 percent, to say they enjoy driving. Those with a high school education or less were more likely to say they enjoy driving, 83 percent, than those with college degrees, 73 percent. Women college grads, 66 percent, were less likely than other groups to say they enjoy driving. People who make less than $25,000, 86 percent, were more likely than those who make more than $75,000, 75 percent, to say they enjoy driving.
CARS AND PERSONALITY: Nearly three-fourths, 73 percent, of those in their 40s felt you could tell at least something about a car owner’s personality from the kind of car he or she owns. Seven in ten of those making $75,000 or more said one can tell something about a person’s personality from the kind of car he or she drives; of those making less than $25,000, 57 percent felt that way. Slightly over one-third, 37 percent, said they have ever thought their car had a personality of its own. Those with a high school diploma or less were more likely to have thought that than those with a college degree, 41 percent to 31 percent. Those making less than $50,000 a year were more likely than those making $75,000 or more a year to have thought their car had a personality of its own – 45 percent to 30 percent.
After all, the purchase of an automobile is typically the second largest purchase a person makes, and often is the second largest payment a person has. It is a big deal in terms of money. It’s also a big deal in terms of time. The average commute to work in this country is just under 25 minutes. That’s nearly an hour a day driving to and from work. Combine that with our utter dependence as a society on automobile transportation, and it’s not hard to discern why some people are so devastated to find they own a lemon.
If you find yourself in this position, discover your options and ease the strain by consulting an Indiana lemon law lawyer, like myself for example! You’ll be glad you did.