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NOW CLOSED Talk to us about all things cars related - you could win a great prize - inc. a meal cooked for you and your friends, Tesco vouchers or Good Food Show Tickets

(74 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Mar-12 14:06:12

We want to know about you and the cars you buy - are you a petrol head who dreams of updating their ride on a regular basis? Or are you driving ancient wheels around and just don't care?!

Please take a few minutes to tell us by completing our survey then add your details at the end and you will be entered into the prize draw for one of the fab prizes up for grabs - these are:

1) Purple Grape Catering are offering a three course meal for six people cooked in the comfort of your own home. It will include canapés, a 3 course meal and half a bottle of wine per head and a waitress. They will come to your house and cook, serve and clean up.

2) We have 2 £250 vouchers to spend in any Tesco store or at any Tesco fuel station.

and finally:

3) You could win four tickets to your choice of either the Clothes Show, Good Food Show or Masterchef live

More details here

The survey is open to all Mumsnetters with at least one child and who have a car - any car - company included.

Thanks
MNHQ

ok done. My heart would love someone to cook for us, but my head wants the petrol vouchers.
dreaming though - as I never win anything!

TheCunningStunt Mon 26-Mar-12 14:49:52

All done. Fingers crossed. Fuel vouchers would be amazing.

smokinaces Mon 26-Mar-12 15:06:24

Done. Survey was slow to respond and load, and I have to say quite patronising. It presumed you only made decisions if dp agreed - no mention of us who's exdp don't even drive, or that are in fact single.

smokinaces Mon 26-Mar-12 15:07:27

250gbp for fuel would be five tanks for me. Which is about ten weeks petrol. Would be AMAZING.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Mar-12 16:38:22

smokinaces - sorry you feel like that - there was always a NA code for questions which were about decision making and we did have options for you being wholly responsible for decision making.

ProfCoxWouldGetIt Tue 27-Mar-12 09:02:11

Done - we're just about to go through the process of trading in one or both of ours for a new car

Greenshadow Wed 28-Mar-12 22:33:15

Done - but found quite difficult as the way we buy my car is very different to the way my DH chooses his.

His is a company car - still chosen by him (within certain constraints) but mine is always an older, cheap car which we buy from completely different outlets.

Not all questions allow for this, i.e. 'how much do you spend on a car' and 'how often do you change you car' both only allow one answer, but we have 2 very different answers.

LineRunner Fri 30-Mar-12 16:28:33

I have abandoned this survey because, let's face it, there really is an assumption running through it that I must have a DH/DP.

Done - fingers crossed!

I don't get the second question, or rather, what box to tick for our sports car, there doesn't seem to be an option for them, or an I being thick?

StringOrNothing Fri 30-Mar-12 16:53:29

I think the data is going to be difficult to interpret because they don't ask your gender do they - so male MNers answering will turn a lot of those answers into rubbish.

CheesyPotatoes Fri 30-Mar-12 17:36:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bruxeur Fri 30-Mar-12 17:39:54

Yeah that assumed female gender and current DP. Silly errors - bit village.

done, £250 of fuel would make a mahoosive difference to us, thats about 10wks worth!!

jammydodger1 Fri 30-Mar-12 18:24:14

Done also but email address at the end cant remember which one I used hope it doesnt make a difference as any of the prizes would be most welcome smile

gazzalw Fri 30-Mar-12 20:26:30

Would love to enter it but we don't have a car - we are excluded by default!

100years Fri 30-Mar-12 20:53:20

MNHQ Can you check mine came through OK please. I clicked a button while the survey was sending. Thanks thanks

BiscuitNibbler Fri 30-Mar-12 23:47:18

I just know my amazing ideas for the perfect car will turn up at next year's Motor Show and I won't get any credit.

exexpat Sat 31-Mar-12 01:24:57

Agree that the survey seemed to assume that 'family' must include two adults. I am a single parent and so obviously make all car-buying decisions by myself.

wannabestressfree Sat 31-Mar-12 06:50:55

All done :}

LtEveDallas Sat 31-Mar-12 06:52:02

Done. I was very blush to admit that I was an advertiser dream!

(as an aside, I'm also blush to realise I leave in the SE. I'd always put S before and was very confused that it wasn't an option)

Flightty Sat 31-Mar-12 08:03:41

I'm not single any more so can answer including DP, BUT I still found questions 10 and 13 profoundly uncomfortable.

Sorry. So many assumptions being made.

Flightty Sat 31-Mar-12 08:06:39

fwiw q 13: do you find now you are a mother that you have more say in the decisions about choosing a car.

More than what? More than before you were a mother, when your DP would choose the car? I'm not sure what that pertains to.

and q 10, do you find it difficult to deal with the financial transactions without asking your DP to do it all for you.

??????????????? really?

Flightty Sat 31-Mar-12 08:07:53

and I find salespeople in dealerships fairly patronising to everyone, men, women, just anyone who goes in there. Not that they are sexist but you couldn't select the 'patronising bastards' option, it had to be 'patronising and sexist bastards'. So I didn't comment on that.

MargueritaaPracatan Sat 31-Mar-12 09:06:04

Done-de-donedonedone.

Codandchops Sat 31-Mar-12 09:31:48

Good survey.

My idea of an ideal car? It just has to work!

Flightty Sat 31-Mar-12 09:46:45

The list of priority considerations didn't even include whether the car is reliable or not. Bizarre. I had to add that under 'other'. hmm

Calamityboo Sat 31-Mar-12 09:48:26

Done, please we NEED the masterchef prize, am willing to bribe As my ds is the biggest fan of masterchef will supply cake if it will help smile

SoupDragon Sat 31-Mar-12 10:07:04

I found the assumption that there was a partner very irritating.

I found this one slightly offensive (or at least cringeworthy) "since becoming a mum I have had more influence over the decision of which car to buy"

Flightty Sat 31-Mar-12 10:10:37

Calamity, if we win that one you can have it. I'm only interested in the vouchers really, if anything... just fancied doing the survey. The idea of some poor person having to come to my house and cook for me is terrifying! I'd have to wash up and stuff in advance.

Calamityboo Sat 31-Mar-12 10:16:45

Ooh thanks flighty smile still hoping the bribe offer of cake will work for us as well!!

Meglet Sat 31-Mar-12 10:35:26

Done.

But why did it assume we have partners? Single parents do have cars too you know. Mind you, my XP couldn't be bothered to come when I went car shopping so even then it was left up to me.

If I win the meal we'll have to go to mums house, I can't fit six around my table.

therewasatime Sat 31-Mar-12 12:11:48

done

BackforGood Sat 31-Mar-12 13:43:01

Done - but not very accurately as it didn't allow for our situation of one decent car and one old banger, but both used equally by both o us. Questions such a 'how much do you spend on your car?' were then tricky to answer.

ManMinder Sat 31-Mar-12 15:19:15

I did try to fill the survey out, but as a man I was constantly thrown by the references to my 'dear husband'! grin

Glittertwins Sat 31-Mar-12 17:32:59

Done. We've found that dealers can be incredibly offensive when they judge you simply because it's a stinking hot day and we're wearing shorts and t-shirts. Definitely should have been a question on how you thought you were judged when walking into a dealership.

Blu Sat 31-Mar-12 19:37:35

Men and women on same sex relayionships will throw the results!

Will the best suggestions for car features be publicised? Actually two of mine are so good (in my less than humble opinion) that I think I should have slapped some kind of intellectual property protection on them!

melliebobs Sat 31-Mar-12 21:22:07

Done it!

I did this, but did feel quite uncomfortable answering certain questions.

I am not 'the little woman' at home, but an equal - and actually for years I chose what cars I had, because DH didnt drive then.

prettybird Sat 31-Mar-12 22:55:38

It was a bit "mums" orientated wasn't it, with a few sexist assumptions hmm?

Forgets the bit about Mumsnet being "by parents for parents". There are dads here too. Survey could have been written in a more gender neutral way and if they were specifically looking for a female perspective, either said so at the beginning or sorted it out at the end in the "about you" questions, which would have allowed them to filter the results.

HavePatience Sat 31-Mar-12 23:13:45

Done

LaGrenouille Sat 31-Mar-12 23:55:04

Hope I am not too late to join this, but done! oh and I have put an email address which is different to the one I registered on MN. Hope that is ok.

Actually MNHQ, I did a couple of comps earlier and put a previous nickname, as had forgotten I had changed. Hope that is alright too blush

MyDogShitsShoes Sun 01-Apr-12 08:22:10

This bloody survey crashed my phone twice in q 23! angry

Fix it please, could reeeeeaaaaally do with some free petrol!

Done but we have two cars that are currently not road worthy as well as the family car. I wasn't sure when to include them or not. If it was up to me they'd have been scrapped a long time ago. Vintage, my arse

Done.

herecomesthsun Sun 01-Apr-12 19:41:03

Agree re assumptions in questions, I effectively buy and mainly use for work the car which is also our family car. I do most of the research but do consult DH so that he is involved in the decision too. Strangely, doing it this way roud was not an option!

prettybird Sun 01-Apr-12 21:00:24

I agree herecomesthesun . I ended up having to answer that we did the research equally and made the decision jointly, even though dh doesn't do any research but trusts me to the research and then we make a joint decision based on my information.

Mollified Mon 02-Apr-12 10:27:07

I lost interest half way through, very long survey.

nickelhasababy Mon 02-Apr-12 16:33:59

question 5 makes no sense whatsoever.

the "questions" are actually the answers from q4.
it's unanswerable.

5. If you have more than one car in your household, do you and/or your DP/DH have a car which you or they consider theirs/yours which is not really used as a main family car? Eg a company car, a car used only for trips to the station, work, school run etc.

If so, when it comes to buying this car, which of the following best describes the decision-making process for you and your family? Please tick to indicate who is the main driver/user of the car.

If you don't have this sort of car or you only have a family car then please leave this question blank.

Tick one per row where applicable.
My DP/DH is wholly responsible for the researching/planning and the decisionI do some of the researching/planning with my DP/DH but he makes the final decisionI make the final decision but my DP/DH is involved with some of the researching/ planningI am wholly responsible for the researching/planning and decisionWe are equally responsible for the researching/planning and the decisionDon't know/NA
Main driver: Me
If you have more than one car in your household, do you and/or your DP/DH have a car which you or they consider theirs/yours which is not really used as a main family car? Eg a company car, a car used only for trips to the station, work, school run etc.

If so, when it comes to buying this car, which of the following best describes the decision-making process for you and your family? Please tick to indicate who is the main driver/user of the car.

If you don't have this sort of car or you only have a family car then please leave this question blank.

Tick one per row where applicable.
Main driver: Me My DP/DH is wholly responsible for the researching/planning and the decision

Main driver: Me I do some of the researching/planning with my DP/DH but he makes the final decision

Main driver: Me I make the final decision but my DP/DH is involved with some of the researching/ planning

Main driver: Me I am wholly responsible for the researching/planning and decision

Main driver: Me We are equally responsible for the researching/planning and the decision

Main driver: Me Don't know/NA
Main driver: DH/DP
Main driver: DH/DP My DP/DH is wholly responsible for the researching/planning and the decision

Main driver: DH/DP I do some of the researching/planning with my DP/DH but he makes the final decision

Main driver: DH/DP I make the final decision but my DP/DH is involved with some of the researching/ planning

Main driver: DH/DP I am wholly responsible for the researching/planning and decision

Main driver: DH/DP We are equally responsible for the researching/planning and the decision

nickelhasababy Mon 02-Apr-12 16:34:21

it copied over strangely, sorry.

nickelhasababy Mon 02-Apr-12 16:35:38

My DP/DH is wholly responsible for the researching/planning and the decisionI do some of the researching/planning with my DP/DH but he makes the final decision
I make the final decision but my DP/DH is involved with some of the researching/ planning
I am wholly responsible for the researching/planning and decision
We are equally responsible for the researching/planning and the decision
Don't know/NA

and under each of these are the answer boxes Main driver:Me or Main driver:DH.
confused

There wasn't an option on the survey where I could indicate how much ds1 does in selecting what car we want, and finding the best ones on autotrader/ebay etc. He is a total petrol head, and spends all his spare time on Pistonheads website, talking about cars with other petrol heads - and when we needed an estate car with lots of legroom, he knew which make and model had most rear legroom/space - and we went and bought one. Dh makes the final choice, but he often takes ds1 with him to look at the cars he's considering buying. In all honesty, he gives ds1's opinion more weight than mine.

r3dh3d Mon 02-Apr-12 21:29:48

There wasn't anywhere much to put how you would like to buy a car.

It would be nice to avoid salespeople altogether - if you could get proper info online (instead of those rubbishy online brochures full of expensive photos and poncey animations but which utterly fail to explain the options and prices in plain English) and the dealership was just an office for booking test drives with a minder who wasn't allowed to say anything whatsoever unless you couldn't find the gear lever, or were about to crash into something. And then to be allowed to make your own mind up based on the facts, without the need to employ professional liars to take a big fat wodge of commission for "selling" you a car you were about to buy anyway.

That would be good.

HammeringBird Tue 03-Apr-12 18:08:01

Done. We are actually collecting our new (used) car tomorrow.

Agree with everyone else about patronising questions. I did all the research because DH is useless and would never get round to it I'm on maternity leave and have a bit more time than DH, but we still made the decision together. But this wasn't an option on the survey.

Would love the dinner but the vouchers would be so much more useful.

MuslinSuit Tue 03-Apr-12 18:55:59

Done - but there is clearly an assumption being made about how a 'Mum' acts, behaves and is perceived. I don't believe the questions needed to be phrased so condescendingly, they seemed to assume that I'm the 'little wife' who has little financial or other power in decisions - what century are they in? confused

NicholasTeakozy Tue 03-Apr-12 20:33:32

Done. Favourite ad is this one

ImperialBlether Tue 03-Apr-12 22:12:48

Same here - I kept looking around the room to find a husband.

BiscuitNibbler Wed 04-Apr-12 06:48:47

The assumptions were funny, and it is their own research they are messing up by not asking the right questions.

Like a lot of SAHMs, I make the purchasing decisions, drive the "family" car and my DH goes to work in the small secondary car (partly because he is crap at parking a big car). This doesn't fit with the stereotypes so their research is flawed.

Llareggub Wed 04-Apr-12 07:19:52

That was the worst survey I have ever completed on MN. I very nearly abandoned it half way. What a load of patronising and sexist rubbish. Pah.

melatoon4 Wed 04-Apr-12 10:18:27

Done.

maples Wed 04-Apr-12 14:46:53

Herecomes that is what I wanted to tick as well

FourThousandHoles Wed 11-Apr-12 11:03:35

I've done it but agree that the tone was a bit hmm

DH has a company car so it makes financial sense for us to have his car as the main family car, he drives a diesel estate and it would be pointless to have two such cars. We did have some choice as to which car he had but there were limits set by his employer as you would expect. I had some input but in the end it was his choice, not because I am a wifey, but because he spends a lot of time driving it at work and therefore had to be driving something he felt comfortable in.

My car was a joint decision (a bad one as it happens grin) based on a deal that was too good to refuse at the time (bought for silly money from FIL). It will be swapped in the near future for something more economical.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Roseformeplease Wed 11-Apr-12 18:15:20

Done. Fingers crossed.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 11-Apr-12 19:44:22

Done, but Ye Gods what a tedious survey. Even if my phone wasn't playing silly buggers, I would have been banging my head off the desk in irritation.

Agree that the questions were a bit condescending implying that I was a silly little woman who couldn't make a decision when it comes to cars; obviously whoever composed the survey was channelling their inner car salesman wink

And having just read some of the replies, maybe it was the survey rather than my phone that was at fault hmm

Betty101 Wed 11-Apr-12 23:59:48

Can't believe BMW - bought a new car from them 12 months ago - popped it into the franchise for servicing & told them that the aircon has never worked. They asked for £700 plus VAT to fix it!! Even though I had already brought the car in once already. This is COOPERS in Reading. So patronising ... Did I know how the Aircon worked???? Did I switch it on properly. Also they say it broke because I was driving so fast down a motorway that a stone came and hit a pipe under the radiator...!!! Cannot believe we are in the 21st Century. Has anyone else had a similar running?

Codandchops Thu 12-Apr-12 09:13:28

Done too. I have aways driven a lease car but now I am out of work my choice of vehicle has had to adjust somewhat grin.

Thnank goodness for eBay where I picked up a 14 year old Rover 200 with just 44k on the clock (belonged to an elderly lady). It cost me £300 in total with an MOT which it sailed through.

TINKERBELLE33 Fri 13-Apr-12 11:52:06

Done. Would have liked somewhere to write about why I had a bad experience when buying a car as 11 years later I am still fuming even though the sexism was aimed at my mum. "ooh no deary, you don't want one of those, they are far too powerful for you, we don't want you getting into any trouble now do we. What you really want is the tiny thing in the corner which has an engine smaller than a washing machine because after all you're a little woman who shouldn't really be allowed to drive a nice little runaround" angry

Thankfully my mum put him in his place being an ASD who used to be into motor racing in her younger days.

Rainbow Sat 14-Apr-12 11:58:24

Done xxx

frenchfancy Sun 15-Apr-12 08:46:51

Done

Not the best written survey in the world is it?!

nowwearefour Sun 15-Apr-12 18:16:33

done

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