Who Lies More About Dings, Crashes and Tickets -- Husbands or Wives?

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Men and women already bicker about which sex drives better than the other. Now they have another topic of automotive contention: who lies more about dings, crashes, and tickets?

Well, now we have an answer: A recent survey of 1,000 married adults by Insure.com revealed that men lie more than women when it comes to the car, regardless of whether the issue is as minor as a tiny dent in the fender or as big as letting the insurance lapse.

Let's take a look five lies spouses tell.

The car got dinged? Wasn't me! While 35 percent of survey respondents said they blamed someone else even if it was their fault that the car got damaged, 42 percent of men had lied about it, versus only 27 percent of women.

Ticket? What ticket? More than twice as many men kept tickets a secret from their spouse: 16 percent of women had gotten a ticket that they didn't tell their husbands about, but 34 percent of ticketed husbands kept mum.

Must have been a hit-and-run. Wives may be just a little too trusting of their spouses: 23 percent said they knew or thought it was possible that their husband had been in an accident without telling them, even though 31 percent of husbands admitted that they had in fact hidden a car accident from their spouse. On the flip side, men are more suspicious of their wives than they should be: 38 percent of men said they think it's possible that their spouse kept a car accident secret, but only 17 percent of wives say they lied about an accident.

Of course, an accident may be tough to keep a secret if your car is damaged. But even if you get the repairs done before your spouse notices, the hike in your insurance costs will be pretty telling. Accidents will almost always cause your car insurance costs to rise; if you get a reckless driving ticket along with it, your rates could go up as much as 22 percent.

I don't recall forgetting to pay the car insurance bill. Twenty-three percent of men say they've kept silent about neglecting to pay the car insurance premium, while only 15 percent of wives say they didn't tell their spouse about the bill they forgot. In this case maybe a little nagging would be good; if your policy lapses, your rates are likely to go up by 6 percent when it's reinstated.

I'm sure the insurance hasn't lapsed yet. Twenty-one percent of men said they'd driven without car insurance without telling their spouse, while just 9 percent of women said they'd kept quiet about driving without insurance protection.

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Who Lies More About Dings, Crashes and Tickets -- Husbands or Wives?

By Michael Zak | AOL Autos

A recent Interest.com study looked at the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States to see which median-income households in those respective areas can afford to purchase a new car, the average price of which was $30,550 in 2012, according to TrueCar. The study found that in only one city can residents actually afford a car with this sticker price -- Washington, D.C.

Households with an average income in Washington, D.C. can afford a payment of up to $628, which would allow for purchase of a $31,940 vehicle. The next closest city, San Francisco, can only afford $537 per month, equating to a $26,786.

While it's not news that Americans like to buy things that they can't afford, the data is a little surprising given how many great cars there are out there for well under $30,000. Solid hybrids, CUVs, sedans and sports cars can all be had for less than this.

We've racked our brains and come up with 5 of the best cars that are cheaper than the average car's purchase price. These are affordable, versatile, fun and fuel efficient. Of course, there are some stinkers in this price range, as well, so we've included 5 vehicles we think you should avoid.

Subaru BRZ

MSRP: $25,495 - $27,495
Invoice: $24,327 - $26,112
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway

The Subaru BRZ proves that driving bliss doesn't have to cost a fortune. The rear-wheel drive sports coupe is one of the most engaging vehicles on the road today, with utterly superb dynamics and looks. The best part? You can have one for $25,495.

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Volkswagen Golf

MSRP: $18,095 - $25,200
Invoice: $17,371 - $24,192
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway

Although the redesigned 2014 version of this handsome hatch will be on sale in the near future, the current generation is still worth buying. It's fuel efficient, fun and surprisingly versatile. Starting at less than $20,000, the Golf is also quite affordable.

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Toyota Prius v

MSRP: $26,650 - $30,295
Invoice: $24,809 - $28,202
Fuel Economy: 44 mpg City, 40 mpg Highway

The Toyota Pirus v is essentially a bigger version of the popular Prius hybrid. This hatchback acheives stellar fuel economy while allowing for transport of numerous people and all of their stuff. Starting at $26,650, you can have all the benefits of a versatile hybrid for an agreeable price.

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Mazda CX-5

MSRP: $20,995 - $28,595
Invoice: $20,396 - $27,771
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway

The Mazda CX-5 is one of our favorite crossovers here at AOL Autos even when taking more expensive ones into account. Remarkably fun to drive, fuel efficient and starting at a low price, there's a lot to love about this agile utility vehicle.

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MSRP: $16,695 - $21,115
Invoice: $16,208 - $20,218
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway

This small sedan continue to be the darling of both critics and consumers nationwide. Available with tons of standard features, great looks and sweet fuel economy, the Elantra is one of the best cars on the planet right now.

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MSRP: $18,995 - $32,820
Invoice: $18,770 - $31,334
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway

The 200 is a holdover from when Chrysler was owned by Daimler and then private equity-firm Cerberus Capital. It's not that this car is awful, especially since the new Chrysler, managed by Fiat, made a series of improvements. It's that the other cars in this category are so good, and much better designed and engineered.

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MSRP: $18,725 - $21,815
Invoice: $17,789 - $20,725
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway

The Scion tC is intended to be a sporty coupe. The problem? It's not sporty. At all. In fact, the tC finds itself on the Consumer Reports list of the least fun cars to drive and we're inclined to agree with that assessment.

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MSRP: $18,995 - $30,795
Invoice: $18,800 - $29,276
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway

Short on features and with pretty poor driving dynamics, the Dodge Journey is one you should skip if you're shopping for a sub-$30,000 crossover. We're looking forward to Dodge's next attempt.

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MSRP: $25,900 - $29,200
Invoice: $24,452 - $27,507
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway

Don't be fooled by the badge. This is not really a luxury car. With uninspired driving dynamics and a lackluster interior, you should pass on the ILX even though its low sticker price seems very tempting.

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MSRP: $12,490 - $17,890
Invoice: $11,616 - $16,638
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway

The idea of the smart fortwo is great. It's the execution that's the problem. The fortwo is loud, terrible to drive and really isn't all that fuel efficient, considering its size. There are way better options between $10,000 and $20,000.

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