Do you remember your first love?

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The majority of UK drivers have fonder memories of their first car than their first kiss, new research reveals.

A first car, even if it’s an old banger, holds a very special place in our hearts, according to a poll of 1,000 parents carried out by leading car website NFDA Trusted Dealers.

Three-quarters of those polled (76%) revealed they looked back more fondly on their first car than their first kiss (60%). First loves came even lower, with just half of people (50%) surveyed saying they looked back fondly on their time with their first boyfriend or girlfriend.

When asked to describe their first car, a third of all parents said their car was an unreliable old banger which they loved, with only 6% saying they regretted their rust buckets.

When asked to compare their affection for life ‘firsts’, cars were only just pipped to the post by wedding days, which received more than three-quarters of people’s votes (79%).

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When it comes to buying your first car, the research showed the bank of mum and dad to be far more generous today than 20 years ago. Only 23% of parents said they’d had help to finance their first car. Today, 70% cent said they had helped their own child buy their first car.

“Cars play a big part in people’s lives and as we can see, we have a special place in our hearts for our first wheels, whether rusty or racy,” said Neil Addley, Managing Director of NFDA Trusted Dealers.

“The figures from the survey illustrate that people emotionally invest in their cars which is why Trusted Dealers aims to make the buying experience as stress-free as possible.

“The rise of PCP deals has opened up far more opportunities for parents to opt for new cars, but our research has shown the vast majority still prefer to buy a used model for their kids.

“As such it’s vital to ensure the right financial and mechanical checks are undertaken. At Trusted Dealers we ensure all members adhere to our ‘Ten Points of Difference’ to make the site the safest place to buy a used car online, especially to those buying their first motor.”