Survey Says: Spouses Lie About Dings and Accidents

"Honey? What happened to the car?"

Ever come home to find the car has somehow mysteriously acquired a new ding, scratch or dent? How did it get there, you ask. A new study out from internet consumer and information site has attempted to answer that question by asking married couples whether they lie to their spouses about their driving habits.

Of the 1,000 married people surveyed, 35% admitted to dinging the car themselves and telling their spouse that someone else did it. Fully one quarter said they kept a traffic ticket secret from their spouse, and nearly that many have kept a car accident secret.

Men are apparently worse than women in terms of the lying to their significant other. With results for husbands and wives compared, 42% of men surveyed dinged the car themselves and blamed someone else, while only 27% of women said they'd done so. But despite the data suggesting husbands lie more to their wives than the other way around, 38% of men said that they thought it was possible or knew for a fact that their wives were lying about keeping an accident secret; only 17% of wives said that they had done so. Conversely, it looks like wives are a bit too trusting of their husbands; 23% say that they either knew or thought it possible that their husbands had kept an accident secret, while 31% of husbands said they had.

"Women may see the family's car insurance rates rising and not realize their husbands' deceptive behavior is money out of their pockets," said Amy Danise, editorial director for

Of course, the one piece of data that this survey doesn't tell us? The percentage of people who lie on internet surveys.

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By Aaron Bragman | April 18, 2013 | Comments (3)



My all time favorite is my daughter failing to mention backing out of the driveway and scoring a direst hit on the passenger side of her husbands BMW. Excuse: late for work.
When he discovered the hit-n- run after getting in the car after work he immediately reported it to the insurance. Daughter chewed him out for reporting it "so soon" since she meant to mention it after work.

Jim Casey

Yes, I have one of those stories. While packing my son's brand new Ford Focus, I inadvertently swung the door into my wife's even more brand new Ford Fusion...and put her 1st ding in her passenger door... using my son's car as the weapon of destruction. There was no way to gracefully break this news to her...and so, I didn't. That was two years ago... to this day, I am well on my way to taking this secret to my grave... or early grave, if she finds out.


If the cohort for this survey is lying spouses then how are we to believe their answers?

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