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Would you rather clean a toilet or go shopping for a new car?

Forty-six per cent of Americans would rather get out the brush and scrub, while only 20 per cent would be willing to head to the showroom, according to an Edmunds.com survey.

In fact, Americans hold new-vehicle shopping in such contempt that 32 per cent of respondents said they would rather sit in the middle seat of an airplane – and 30 per cent would rather go single to a wedding.

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“Nine out of 10 respondents wish car shopping was easier. We don’t see any difference in the experience when looking at gender, age, geography or any other demographic variances,” said Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds.com’s CEO, in a press release. “It’s clear that the average shopper is craving a better way to buy a car.”

The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults – conducted online from May 2-10 – also discovered that respondents likened the stress of the car-buying process to getting married, going on a first date or watching their team in a tight championship game.

The main source of their angst? Haggling. Americans hate it. In fact, 83 per cent would prefer not to haggle. And a hardcore 21 per cent said they would rather give up sex for a month rather than haggle over the sticker price.

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