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Girls vs Boys – who keeps their car the cleanest?

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Chloe Martell

March 29, 2019

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There seems to be a misconception that all boys look after their cars, and all girls use their cars as somewhere to store clothes and makeup, but is this actually the case? We’ve asked two young drivers, Kira and Lloyd, to see how they look after their cars and to find out which of them is best and worst when it comes to keeping up with the cleanliness of their car.

Hiya, I’m Kira! I own a stunning red and black 2015 Audi A1 Sportback. I have been driving for just under two years!

Hey, my name is Lloyd. I have been driving for about 2 years, and the whole time I’ve been driving my little 2007 Peugeot 206.

How often do you clean the inside and outside of your car?

Kira: I’m incredibly embarrassed by the state of my car at the moment, it’s not so much red anymore, more of a gross brown. Usually, when I have the time, I do like to get the outside cleaned every other week or so and when I know I’m having passengers in the car I remove the make-do plastic bag bin for my rubbish and wipe the dust off of my dashboard! 😊

Lloyd: I have got to be honest I have not cleaned the inside and outside of my car since I bought it 2 years ago. The only time I have ever had a tidy up was when Kira spotted a mouldy spoon in there, I eventually removed it 2 weeks later along with a number of bottles and wrappers which had built up over the years.


Do you use any cleaning hacks or tricks to keep your car clean?

Kira: I don’t really have many tips other than – don’t keep an open sweet chilli sauce pot open on your passenger seat while you’re driving (it will fall and it will stain)! I do try to keep antibacterial wipes in my glove department just in case of any spillages or build-up of dust.

Lloyd: The only thing I actively do to keep my car clean is to try and avoid driving through muddy puddles – everything else is what it is.


Do you clean your car yourself or take it to a car wash?

Kira: I ALWAYS take it to a car wash to get the outside done or to get the inside hoovered. I do not trust myself as I will most likely make it worse!

Lloyd: I mean, I haven’t done either – but when the time comes, I’ll definitely take it to a professional to get it cleaned. It needs it and I can’t face it – so it’s a win win.

What about stuff inside your car… Do you clear it out regularly or are you a hoarder of food wrappers?

Kira: I used to be a hoarder, until I decided it takes two seconds to take the rubbish out of my car and find a bin nearby! I usually have a plastic bag in my car just to throw the rubbish into then I’ll remove it when it gets full 😊

Lloyd: The mouldy spoon says it all I think… I’m a hoarder of mess inside my car. It gets me to and from work, and the occasional McDonald’s run. I don’t spend too much time in my car so I’m not really bothered – bad I know.


On a scale of 1 – 10, how much pride do you have on how the outside of your car looks? 

Kira: When I first got my car last year, it was at a 10! Now because I have less time on my hands and less money, I can’t always afford to get the car cleaned when I want to! So, it’s now at about a 5 but I do still get embarrassed!

Lloyd: Literally zero.

On a scale of 1 – 10, how much pride do you take on the interior of your car? 

Kira: I think I’ll always take more pride in the inside of my car because I want to make it comfortable for other people! I think that’s a solid 7 (because of the sweet chilli stain). I do take more pride on the inside of my car than the outside for sure. You see the outside once of twice on a journey, but the inside is where you spend your time so I want it to be as nice as I can get it.

Lloyd: Less than zero – is that possible?


Do you think girls or boys are more obsessed with keeping their car clean?

Kira: If a boy has a nice expensive car, I do know they take more pride in keeping it cleaner! I think girls can be a lot grosser than boys sometimes. But I have been in some disgustingly kept cars owned by boys (like Lloyds car… I found the mouldy spoon in there!) – So in conclusion I’m saying we can both be as revolting as each other!

Lloyd: Taking me fully out of the equation, I do think boys are more obsessed with keeping their cars clean, as Kira said, especially when they have a nice, new expensive car!

And there you have it, two different people, two different cars and pretty much as gross as each other (although that mouldy spoon probably tips Lloyd over the edge). Luckily, you don’t have to have a clean car to get insurance – but maybe give it a freshen up once in a while for yours and your passengers sake.

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