Study: Women more likely to get an inspection than men

January 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Men and women have different approaches to just about everything, and previous research has shown that this is certainly true of the car buying process. For example, a study cited by Time Magazine indicates that men are much more likely to haggle over the price of a car than a woman is, netting them better deals. However, a recent survey by LeaseTrader indicates that women are far from pushovers in the car-buying process - and that they may actually be better prepared than men.

When buying a vehicle, data from LeaseTrader shows that women are more practical in their decision-making process, researching safety and reliability as opposed to men, who favor performance and aesthetics. Women are also more likely than men to ask for an inspection of a used vehicle - 67 percent compared to 54 percent.

"We've been studying gender differences and preferences in car shopping within our marketplace for several years," Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of said in a press release. "That our data illustrates a deepening relationship between women and cars comes as no surprise to us given that the gender gap has narrowed and even reversed in some areas since our marketplace opened nearly 15 years ago."

Whatever your gender, it's always a smart idea to have a used car looked at by an auto maintenance expert, as they can catch any problematic car repairs before they become a major issue down the line.

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