People are taking a more practical approach to their vehicles with less people choosing names for them and regarding them with pride, a survey suggests.
Less than 10% of the 2,000 people surveyed by car rental website WhipCar.com, considered their car to be their number one possession with almost 70% stating that their car is simply to get from one place to another.
However, in several cases it is not that people are no longer passionate about cars, but many continue to be put off because of the rising fuel prices.
Over a third of people said that if petrol prices keep rising at the same rate they will give up driving in the next 12 months.
Vinay Gupta, co-founder of WhipCar, said: "People used to love getting behind the wheel and just going for a drive. These days, trips are more carefully considered."
A quarter of the people surveyed agreed that owning a car does not hold the same prestige as it did in the early 00s and the number of under 30s with driving licences has fallen by 20% over the past 20 years.
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