Past cars more reliable than past partners say over half of UK singles

Despite the dating boom there are still 7 million single people in the UK. New research reveals singles would be far more likely to find lasting love if they applied the same criteria in their hunt for a partner as they could a used car.

Problems of increasingly high-maintenance, a less than honest record on previous partners, and concealment of their true age have all been cited as problems by UK’s singles, separated and divorced population according to a survey commissioned by the UK’s number one used-car dealer, Network Q.

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According to Lifecoach and psychotherapist Christine Webber, ‘Choosing a partner clearly has similarities with choosing a used car. Unfortunately, when it comes to romance, there is no guarantee, no service history and no log-book to tell you exactly what you’re getting!

‘Nowadays, people have come to expect quality and security when they make big purchases, so they tend to expect the same things when they look for a mate. No wonder so many individuals feel that buying a car is much less fraught than finding Mr or Miss Right,’ she added.

Stuart Sims of Network Q added: ‘In our own way we work as a matchmaker, placing an emphasis on trust, quality and ensuring a customer gets a car that is right for them with nothing hidden. That’s why we always recommend you don’t just follow your first impulse and instead make sure you know the full history before making a big commitment.’

Published : 12/10/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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