Car boot booty

A 13ft trampoline, hundreds of bags of mints and a stag's skull complete with antlers are just some of the items people keep in cars, a government survey reveals.

Many motorists use their cars as mobile wardrobes, with men almost as likely as women to store shoes or clothes in their car boots.

One woman from the North West built up clutter in her car over two years, with items including a kettle, a sandwich-maker and two vacuum cleaners.

The Department for Transport survey showed that 10% of those polled could not remember the last time they cleared the clutter from their car. Main reasons for women having a clear-out were to give their vehicle a spring clean, while men were motivated by saving money by reducing their fuel consumption through lighter loads.

A 25-year-old marketing executive who took part in the survey had unopened Christmas presents from two years earlier in her vehicle.

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