Female car ownership on the rise

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Female car ownership on the rise

The female of the species has been busy purchasing cars according to official statistics recently released by the government.

Women drivers have pushed car ownership to 40% for the first time since records began and last year, across the UK, 9.8166 million women were registered with the DVLA as private car keepers compared to 14.5734 million men.

It is clear car purchasing is no longer a male dominated arena as the number of private cars with a female registered keeper has increased by 70% since 1994.

Since the global financial crisis, women's new car purchasing figures have been far more robust than their male counterpart's, which have seen new cars registered fall from 575,400 in 2007 to 475,100 in 2012, down 17.43%.

Figures for women were 387,000 to 363,900 during the same period, a fall of just 5.97%.

The statistics are a world away from the late 1970s when only 29% of women actually held a full driving licence.

In 2011, of the 35 million full licence holders, 16 million were women, a healthy 46%.

"Women drivers really have registered their girl power recently by pushing their car ownership above 40% for the first time. Whereas male buyers have become unreliable in the new car market, demand from women has remained firm.

"It's a trend that car manufacturers and dealers ignore at their peril," says Edmund King, the AA's president.

The news comes after a recent study revealed that women drivers are actually better than men at purchasing cars, with only 35% feeling they had got a bad deal compared to 43% of the opposite sex.