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Hot wheels: the car dating service

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Ever had that moment when you're burning gas at traffic lights and a tall handsome stranger pulls up alongside? You exchange a long, lingering look that says - baby, you're the man of my dreams... ?

No, us neither. But if by chance you did happen to experience this classic Hollywood scenario mid-traffic jam on the North Circular, a new dating service is here to help.

UK website TheLoveBuggy.com launched last month and allows lovestruck motorists to send messages to people's car registration numbers.

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Only people who have logged into the site will receive the messages; so if you fancy your (or your car's) pulling powers, you can hop online and log your number plate - then await the anticipated bevy of lustful missives. Alternatively, you can sign up to send a message and see if the driver replies.

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TheLoveBuggy already has more than 100 pending messages from smitten drivers who are waiting for the object of their desire to sign up and reply.

Interestingly, the type of car you drive may really make the difference - Minis, VW Beetles, Ford Fiesta, and the BMW 3series have emerged as early "babe magnet" favourites, receiving more messages than any other type of car.

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Figures from the site also indicate that so far, men are nearly twice as likely to send a message and make the initial contact than women.

Similar car dating services have already launched in the US, but this is the first of its kind in the UK.

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"Just as everyone has a unique mobile phone number so too do all drivers have a unique registration number," a spokeswoman for the site said.

"Until now there has been no way two people who catch each other's eye whilst passing each other on the way to work each morning or sitting in a traffic queue, have been able to get in touch with each other but now thanks to TheLoveBuggy.com those people can get in touch and send a message to a driver who catches their eye."

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So next time you're aimlessly gorging on Haribo in an M1 gridlock, take time to check out the hot stranger in the car next door - you never know, you may find someone to rev your engines (sorry).

Would you sign up to the Love Buggy service? Have you ever spotted a handsome stranger in the car next door - or have they spotted you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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