‘Doctor Driven’ – Who Gives a Shit?

In the process of hunting for new wheels and it amuses me to no end that some of these ads include phrases like ‘Used by a Company Director’, ‘Doctor Driven’ or ‘Lady Driven’.

So what? How is a car driven by a doctor any better than the same one driven by anyone else?  Isnt it far fetched to assume that a doctor would be considered more responsible than an average driver? 

Company directors, arent these the guys who more often than not leave the maintenance of their vehicle to the drivers? Recent study I was involved in showed that most top brass dont even know what kind of engine oil is used. On the contrary I would expect an executive of a lesser earning capacity to treat their vehicle better because it was harder for them to acquire it in the first place.

Finally, far be from it that I should condemn lady drivers, but with all these male chauvinistic pigs oinking around it really cant be smart to say the vehicle was driven by a female, so why say it at all?

Could someone provide any insight as to why these seemingly useless phrases are so commonly used?


22 thoughts on “‘Doctor Driven’ – Who Gives a Shit?

  1. So true, like that’s supposed to add value to the thing. They want to jack up the price, nothing else. Shows how some people think. The sad thing is there are people who fall for that too.

  2. lol good point!

    i think the ‘company director’ tag is to say ‘this car was maintained by a company, hence has been regularly checked up and no expense has been spared to maintain it’. the ‘doctor’ tag is probably ‘since doctors are treated akin to gods in this country, we all know they have more money than you do, hence they probably spent more money on this car than you spent on your tuition’.

    the ‘lady driven’ tag is probably to say ‘if the wheels fall off while you drive it, or if it collapses around your ears one day, we warned you’


    1. doctors synonymous with money? then why not just say businessman driven? 😀
      oh and i shall choose to ignore your not so subtle chauvinism 😛

  3. does it mean…maintained by company thus should be in a better condition? And ladies are better drivers? (ILIKETHAT) 😀 but doctor driven? LOL!! I WANT A RIDE OKEHH!?

    1. not necessarily. personal cars are usually taken care of better than company owned ones because you have to pay the for the wear and tear if its yours 🙂
      and of course you get a ride cookie!

  4. LOL, well if the doctor driven car comes with the doctor’s vehicle permit still attached, it’ll be a good value addition. 😀

    As for lady-driven, I think the accident stats speak for themselves. Women get into much less accidents than men. But I think that’s counterbalanced by poor vehicle maintenance. 😛 (Sorry)

    1. hmmm. not sure how a permit could add value to the vehicle after its been transferred.
      and yeah maybe you do have a point about the accidents vs. maintenance 🙂

  5. Let me add my two cents: Actually generally when they say doctor driven it means the vehicle has not done much mileage because Doctors would have less time to go on long drives as he would be busy consulting.
    You are absolutely right about the company director tag. Not many people know whats going into the car cos the driver looks after it. But the down side is the driver could be cheating the company blind and if you buy a company maintained car then you would inherit all the problems. In fact I know a couple of people who run repair shops who tell me the kind of cheating the drivers are upto.
    As for lady driven car again I guess it implies short trips therefore low mileage.

    1. so you think low mileage is the implication by saying doctor and lady both? hmmmm. but i find that most advertisers state the mileage anyway. but thats one explanation 🙂

  6. Speaking for myself the moment I see the words ‘lady driven’ the first though that springs to mind is “lightly used”.

    I tend to be more suspicious of the “company director used” tag but depending on the vehicle I may consider it positively. Have never seen the doctor used tag, though.

    That said, have never actually bought a car from reading the ads, although I have searched them and often recommended some to friends who were looking for cars.

    1. that was my conclusion about the ‘lady driven’ tag also. but then its really wrong to assume ladies treat their vehicles gently and men dont. because it really depends on the individual. i happen to know more men who treat their cars like babies 🙂

  7. Agree with JP and CJ… the first car we bought was “lady doctor driven” which both Darling and I understood to mean “light milage”. When we sold it, we took off the doctor bit (since I have the joys of being chauferred) and added “company maintained” because Darling’s office forked out a nice sum each month for maintenance at Toyota. I always thought “company maintained” refered to the car company (Honda, Toyota, whatever).

    I took care to clean out the stains and left over human bits before it was sold! 😉

    1. ‘company maintained’ is a very good tag to have. that would mean the vehicle was maintained by stafford, toyota or AMW or whoever the authorized agent.
      ‘used by a company director’ is a whole other story. sorta like a status thing.

      and i think you are right, ‘lady driven’ is meant to be an indication of low mileage. though it doesnt make sense because you can include your mileage as a number. far more solid statement.

      human bits??? lol 😀

  8. Have you gone to these places called “Punchi Car Niwasa”
    I haven’t been though my sis says you get good deals. It’s a place where people who want to sell their cars bring them on a weeken to one place so that people who want to buy cars gets to see a whole lot of cars at ones. Sis says even the pricr is tagged in each car.

    1. Thanks Hooty. And yeah i was going to! It sounded so interesting like a pola for cars. But I already found a car through the sunday paper and bought it 🙂

  9. I too second CJ and JP. Doctor driven/Lady driven are roughly similar to the popular introductory element in marriage proposals: “convent-educated”–which also hints of “lower mileage” and perhaps, “lightly used!” 🙂

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