Americans hate car shopping so much they'd rather give up sex and do taxes

Okay America, this has gotten silly. A new study by Edmunds has revealed what we've always kind of known – people don't like going car shopping. What we didn't realize, though, is why, and what they'd rather do (or not do) to avoid a trip to the dealer.

Really, it comes down to the haggle. According to Edmunds, 83 percent of the 1,002 people surveyed would rather avoid haggling, with nine out of 10 saying they'd be more excited about the car-buying process if it meant a haggle-free experience (Saturn, you were on to something).

What's ridiculous, though, is just how much people hate the haggle. One in five said they'd willingly give up sex for a month rather than haggle for a new car. Another 44 percent said they'd be willing to give up Facebook while 29 percent would happily turn over their cell phones for a weekend to avoid sitting down with a dealer.

Even more worrying, though, are the number of people that'd simply prefer to avoid the car-buying experience all together. One in three people surveyed said they'd rather do taxes, go to the DMV or sit in an airplane's middle seat if it meant not having to go through the purchasing rigmarole (somehow, we don't think the 1,000 people surveyed have ever done taxes, gone to the DMV or sat in a middle seat before).

There are more interesting insights in Edmunds full results, which you can view below in the associated press release.
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When It Comes To Car Shopping, Finds That Americans Hate The Haggle So Much, They'd Give Up Sex, Facebook And Smartphones To Avoid It
Fortunately, Introduces "Car Week" to Make Car Shopping Easier

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Car shopping site conducted a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults and learned that Americans claim purchasing a car or truck is more stressful than getting married, going on a first date or watching their team in a close championship game.

"Nine out of 10 respondents wish car shopping was easier. We don't see any difference in the experience when looking at gender, age, geography or any other demographic variances," said's CEO, Avi Steinlauf. "It's clear that the average shopper is craving a better way to buy a car."

Having more trust in the purchase price would relieve a lot of stress for car shoppers. The survey found:

Nine out of 10 car shoppers would be more excited to purchase a vehicle if it had a set price they felt good about, rather than having to haggle
Ninety-four percent would buy a car from a dealership where they were guaranteed to save thousands off of sticker price on a new vehicle
Online resources are the highest-rated sources of car advice across all demographics
American car shoppers loathe haggling over price; in fact, 83 percent of respondents prefer to avoid it. Among Millennial respondents, this number jumps to 91 percent, compared to 78 percent of Boomers. How much do shoppers hate the haggle?

One in five Americans (21%) would rather say sayonara to sex for a month than haggle over the price of a car; 44 percent would give up Facebook for one month and 29 percent would turn over their Smartphone for a weekend if it meant avoiding the haggle
One in three Americans (33%) would rather go to the DMV, do their taxes or sit in the middle airplane seat than go through the process of buying a car
Between the Generational Divide and Mars versus Venus, Americans disagree on who to trust when it comes to car buying advice:

Women are twice as likely as men to seek advice from a family member who is not their parent
Baby Boomers are twice as likely as Millennials to trust their mechanic
Baby Boomers are also three times more likely than Millennials to say they have never received good car buying advice
Friends are consistently rated as the worst source for car buying advice and are twice as likely to be cited as a source of bad advice than a source of good advice
In a continued effort to make it easier to buy a new car or truck, car shopping site is kicking off the first-ever "Car Week" from June 9 - June 15, 2014. Modeled after successful Restaurant Week events that have introduced diners to local restaurants for over 20 years, Car Week connects shoppers in the Los Angeles and New York metro areas to hundreds of local dealers offering prices at or below's True Market Value®, which means shoppers can save thousands off sticker price without wasting a second on negotiating through's Price Promise® program. Participating dealers are also featuring extra promotions, savings and events. More information can be found by visiting

The Car Week Survey was conducted online within the United States by USamp on behalf of from May 2-10, 2014 among 1,002 adult (18+) car owners/intended owners. Age, gender, and region quotas were set to match current U.S. Census figures. USamp handled the incentive for survey takers, who chose from over 200 different rewards-including cash, gift cards, or charitable contributions.

About, Inc. is a car-shopping Web site driven to make car buying easy. Almost 18 million visitors use our shopping tools every month to connect with nearly 10,000 dealer franchises across the U.S. Shoppers can browse our inventory listings for available cars and trucks, and with's Price PromiseSM, they can get an instant, upfront price on those same vehicles. Recently named the "Highest Ranked Third-Party Automotive Web Site" according to J.D. Power's 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation StudySM, is also home to comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories. Even when you're at the dealership, we're always by your side. Just call our free Live Help Line at 1-855-782-4711, text ED411 or use our acclaimed iPhone and iPad apps or Android App. also founded Car Week, a special week-long event that connects more car shoppers with dealers. We're based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of on Facebook.

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