Advantages of an automatic transmission car (Applies mainly to United States):
- Easier to buy. At least in the United States, you have to look a bit to find a manual transmission vehicle. You can’t throw a rock without hitting an automatic.
- Easier to sell. A lot of Americans can’t drive stick or can but don’t care to. Everybody can drive automatic. Larger pool of potential buyers.
- You can loan it to your friend/significant other who can’t drive a stick.
- (dubious benefit) Increased ability to text, talk, eat, read, apply makeup, and do all the other things besides driving that so many people like to do when they drive.