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Do Young People Still Love Cars?

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  • Do Young People Still Love Cars?

    The following is from SEMA News By Mike Imlay

    "Yes, Says a New SEMA Report—Just Differently

    Is today’s younger generation giving up on driving, shunning car culture and turning away from vehicle accessorization? Far from it, says a new consumer study by SEMA’s Marketing Research department. In fact, the recently released “SEMA Young Accessorizers Report” suggests that this demographic is still as car crazy as ever—just in a different way.

    Two years in the making, SEMA’s research initiative encompassed an online quantitative survey of more than 1,000 young accessorizers, followed by an online qualitative deep dive into the behaviors and attitudes of a representative subset. To be considered a “young accessorizer,” subjects had to fall within a specific age range; have a valid driver’s license; drive or own at least one vehicle and use it in some capacity; be at least somewhat involved in its maintenance, repair or modification; and have modified or upgraded it in the past year.

    “For this study, we wanted to look at emerging drivers and emerging adults, so we focused specifically on 16- to 24-year-olds,” said Gavin Knapp, SEMA director of market research. “What we found is that most 16-year-olds don’t have a driver’s license. It’s hard for them. They have to worry about insurance and all the hoops of getting a license. There’s not free drivers’ education anymore, and so they wait. But they only wait until they’re 17, 18 or 19. Once they have their license and start driving—and especially once they get into their 20s—they need a car for work, school and socializing, and they want to make that car their own.”

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    For the full report, please see https://www.sema.org/sema-news/2019/...paign=eNews3.5
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    "Compared to other age groups, young drivers modify at a very high rate."

    They're having fun. I'd prefer OEM if I bought a used car.

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    • #3
      Very interesting. Thank you. I saw a different article a while back that came to the same conclusion, that over time young people become more car interested. It also noted that a lot depended on where on live, e.g., not so much for medium and large city young people, but just as much as decades ago for country people. Concluding, that the car interested level was not too much different overall than year before by the times people were in their early 30’s.
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      • #4
        Wonder what the percent with drivers license was in say 1978?
        There is a madness to my method!

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        • #5
          Getting my drivers license in 1963 was more important then anything in the whole wide world back then. It was a ticket to freedom and girls. Nothing else was more important. Can’t imagine waiting even 1 day to get my license back then. Today’s cars are even more exciting then in 1963 so I can’t fathom why any teenager would wait. Don’t get it and really don’t care.

          My son couldn’t wait either back in 1998.

          If a young person can’t get excited about a used 2005 mustang V8 let’s say with 300hp then I don’t know what to say. Customize that car all day long. No more wrenching just plug in a tune and away you go. CAI and all.
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          • #6
            Don’t forget the Future i.e. the 3 to 12 group of kids. If the number of our friends kids and grandchildren that are crazy about our car,then at least Corvette has a great future. Click image for larger version

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            • #7
              Well done Don! I love it when I get a chance to give a young person their first ride in a Corvette, or an older person who always wanted one but not before. In the last five years, I was able to do the latter for a person who was 95, and last year a person who was 93 (one of his lifelong wishes, and especially poignant as he knew his life was very soon ending (which sadly it did four days after his ride).

              Having kids even sit in our Corvettes is something we each can do to keep our Corvette brand strong into the further.
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              • #8
                I was the same way. One of our two daughters was also chomping at the bit. The second, and we live in the country, announced that she was not getting her license for a few years after she turned 16, her expecting her old sister and us to keep driving her here and there.

                I heard that nonsense and said, “you have a choice, get your license the day you turn sixteen or no more chauffeuring, and back on the school bus you go. She thought about that for 1/1000 of a second and said, “Dad can I get my learner’s permit tomorrow?” She later got her license also on her 16th birthday.

                However, if we lived in a major city with Lyft, Uber, public transportation and more option, and with the massive problems of finding a place to park a car, I could well understand not getting a license asap. When I flew to LA for the ZR1 convertible’s reveal, I used Lyft the entire time instead of renting a car. It was far cheaper and so, so efficient.
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  Enjoying kids of any age fascination with our car is always fun. One of our best memories is when we just got home from picking up our first C7 from the NCM and went out to dinner. When we came out of the restaurant there were two tow-headed boys standing a foot away from the car with their hands behind their back whispering to each other. They were under strict orders to not touch anything. According to their Mom they had been there for 15 minutes and were totally enthralled. They didn’t know anyone else was around,so I hit the remote start and they both jumped out of their skins , looked at each other WHAT DID YOU DO!!!. Then we let them sit in the car and they went home happy as could be with a great memory.

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                    I’m always working on our two grandkids. Click image for larger version

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