A mug of beer, a salted pretzel and, of course, a car – a Volkswagen – these are all the main components of most stereotypes about the Germans. Let’s talk about beer with pretzels some other time – today we need to be extremely sober to understand why cars are such an important topic for Germans.
The attitude of Germans towards their cars
The Germans are madly in love with their cars. Yes, this stereotype has become very boring, and we are all, of course, opposed to calling an entire nation obsessed with typewriters. However, do not forget that not a single # stereotype appears from scratch.
When you hear from everywhere that every second German is ready to leave his family and marry his car, then it naturally becomes interesting: is it really so? Let’s say right away: no, not like that. Only every sixteenth car enthusiast in Germany is ready to exchange family happiness for a bucket of wheels, according to the BILD newspaper. At the same time, a car for a German man can sometimes be equivalent to a mistress: Germans often give their cars names, and most often women’s names.
# A car in Germany is not just a means of transportation. More than half of the car enthusiasts surveyed by BILD admit that they drive a car solely for pleasure. The driving experience may not even be fun, although German roads are as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Most of all, Germans value independence from public transport: 88% of motorists will never trade their car for a train or bus. It’s not even because trains and buses are hateful to the Germans as a phenomenon. It’s just that very often it turns out to go by public transport many times longer and more difficult: to get to work, you can either push for one and a half or two hours in a packed carriage or race on an “iron horse” in half an hour.
Caring for your car is the most exciting and most intimate part of the life of a German car enthusiast.
More than 40% of the surveyed motorists believe that visiting a car wash is more important than even going to a hairdresser.
Moreover, not only do the boastful owners of expensive Mercedes think so, but also the owners of more modest cars. Driving down the street in an unwashed car is simply considered indecent. Drivers, however, do not visit car washes so often, despite their pedantry. On German roads, it is quite difficult to noticeably stain a car – the authorities carefully maintain their cleanliness. Most often, motorists call-in services to wash off only a small coating of dust, die Bestaubung.
But if a German willingly allows strangers to wash his car from the outside, then he cleans it from the inside only on his own. This is a very intimate ritual, for which he has a whole arsenal of tools in store: a small handheld vacuum cleaner, a steam cleaner, half a dozen bottles of cleaning agents, brushes, sponges, and cloths.
Which car brands do the Germans choose?
As for car brands, here the Germans in most cases prefer their national pride: BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Opel. The Czech Skoda and the French Renaut are also very popular. It is also interesting that the choice of a car brand very often depends on the profession of the driver.
Statistically, what professions Germans choose VW? What is the most popular brand in Germany? At what age do Germans take a license and how much does it cost?