Auto shopping dating and marriage

With the holiday season — a prime time for engagements — behind us, some parents and young women are left wondering when and if the question will ever be popped.

Even in an age of gender equality, many young women still expect the beau not only to propose but to pull out all the stops. That idea is "utter horror" to them, says Ellen Lamont, a sociology professor at Appalachian State University.

But customers who had done their homework were not offered a lower price than customers who had no clue about what it should cost.

Both were offered approximately the market price—at least when the customers were male.

"There is still a strong stigma against women proposing because they are then seen as desperate — the belief is that a man will propose when he is ready," she says.

"If a woman pushes that, she is getting a man who is not ready for the relationship to move forward." Parents looking from the outside at a long-term relationship may be puzzled why the couple do not marry.

Traditionally, women might have had one or two boyfriends before getting married; now, they are encouraged to date lots of people in a quest to find a perfect partner.Perhaps the most brilliant part of Banks' business?Her auto clinic's waiting area doubles as a salon, so customers can get their hair and nails done while their car's getting a tune-up. Beyond the generational delay, there are other reasons.Two key points: * More than 30 percent of unmarried young adults say they have not found someone who has the qualities they want in a spouse. Women want a spouse with a steady job, while men want someone who shares their ideas about child rearing, according to a Pew study. Author Hannah Seligson calls it "marriage's new timetable." Millennials have a bucket list with career, travel and other experiences to be checked off before marriage, says Seligson, who wrote A Little Bit Married: How to Know When It's Time to Walk Down the Aisle or Out the Door.Nearly 50 percent admit to calling a spouse for help with auto-related problems, while nearly 30 percent say roadside service is their go-to.

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