2013-chevrolet-voltPart three of a three-series study by iSeeCars.com focuses on how size and mechanical factors may play different roles for men and women looking to buy a used car.

WOBURN, Mass. (January 24, 2014)- When shopping for a used car, technical aspects of the vehicle carry a lot of weight in the decision-making process for consumers.

In this final chapter of a three part study on men and women and their used car buying preferences, iSeeCars.com takes a look at the different size and mechanical specs of vehicles and how they play a role in the used car selection process.

iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 30 million cars and hundreds of thousands of prospective buyer inquiries to analyze data for these studies.

Men appear to be slightly more daring at the gas pump, or lack thereof. They are two-and-a-half times more likely to buy a used diesel car than women and two times more likely than women to buy an electric car.  However, men and women prefer Hybrid vehicles just as much.

Fuel Type Preference

Fuel Type

Degree of Preference

Hybrid

Women and men prefer this equally

Gasoline

Women and men prefer this equally

Diesel

Men 2.5 times more likely than women

Electric

Men 2 times more likely than women

 

When shopping for a used car, men and women equally prefer automatic transmissions and women have a 37% greater preference for continuously variable transmissions (CVT).

“In an earlier study we found that men are 41% more likely to buy a sports car than women and four times more likely to buy a luxury sports car,” Phong Ly, co-founder and CEO of iSeeCars.com said. “Those stats may play a role in the fact that they have a 26% stronger preference for manual transmissions, which are common in sports cars.”

Transmission Preference

Transmission

Degree of Preference

CVT

Women 37% more likely than men

Automatic

Men and women prefer this equally

Manual

Men 26% more likely than women

 

When it comes to drive type preferences, men are 72% more likely than women to purchase a RWD used car. Men and women like AWD vehicles just as much and women have a 31% greater preference for FWD cars.

Drive Type Preference

Drive Type

Degree of Preference

FWD

Women 31% more likely than men

AWD

Men and women prefer this equally

RWD

Men 72% more likely than women

4WD

Men 49% more likely than women

 

Men show a liking for larger engines, as they are two times more likely than women to buy a used car with an 8-cylinder engine. Women have a 40% stronger preference for a 4-cylinder engine.  This is consistent  with women’s preference for smaller, more fuel efficient cars.

Cylinders/ Engine Preference

# Cylinder

Degree of Preference

4 cylinder

Women 40% more likely than men

6 cylinder

Men and women prefer this equally

8 cylinder

Men 2 times more likely than women

 

When it comes to the size of a used car, men are 25% more likely than women to select a large car and women are 21% more likely to buy a mid-size car.

“While women have a 23% stronger preference for smaller cars, two-seater cars tend to be favored by men,” Ly said. “Men are three times more likely than women to purchase a two-seater car, which again may not be a surprise as it  ties into their preference for sports cars.”

Number of Seats Preference

# seats

Preference

5

Women 20% more likely than men

7

Women 7% more likely than men

2

Men 3 times more likely than women

4

Men 14% more likely than women

 

This study wraps up a three-part series run by iSeeCars.com on men and women and the similarities and differences in their used car preferences. The first study looked at car color partialities, while the second focused on make and model favorites of each sex.

Methodology:

iSeeCars analyzed more than 30 million used cars listed for sale on iSeeCars.com over the last year and studied hundreds of thousands of inquiries of consumers who contacted the seller about a specific car listing.  The car types, features, car brands, prices, model years and other preferences are based on calculating and comparing the percentages of inquiries from men and women.

About iSeeCars.com:

iSeeCars is a car search engine that helps consumers find the best deal by providing key insights and analysis about each used car.  The proprietary iSeeCars algorithm ranks cars by calculating an overall score based on analysis of the car’s condition, history, negotiability, price and the seller.  Based in the Boston area, iSeeCars was founded by former TripAdvisor and SAP developers and executives who were frustrated with the used car shopping experience.

 

 

 

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