Car Repairs - why do 1 in 5 motorists ignore them?

By: Motor Easy
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  • One in five UK drivers admit not repairing a vehicle they know to be faulty because they can’t afford repair cost
  • This figure rises to 25% of motorists below 55 years old
  • Avoidance drops to 8.5% amongst over 55s 
  • Average UK car repair cost is £298
  • Rising inflation means motorists are compromising car maintenance 
  • motoreasy removes the hassle and stress of car maintenance and ownership
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Nearly one in five* UK motorists admit to driving their car despite knowing it needs repairs because they can’t afford the bill.

This comes at a time when the Government is considering extending the start of MoT testing – which checks the road legality of every vehicle – from three-year-old cars to vehicles aged four years.

According to motoreasy, which manages car maintenance and repairs on behalf of the motorist, nearly 25%** of under 55s admit to ignoring necessary repair work on their vehicles. In comparison, that figure falls to just 8.5% from over 55s.

The findings come as annual inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, reached 1.8% in January – its highest level since 2014.

Men are more inclined to dodge necessary car repairs than women, with 19.5% and 17.3% respectively claiming to have driven cars carrying faults like worn brake pads and discs or broken suspension springs and shock absorbers. Warning lights – especially when intermittent – are frequently ignored, leading to costly repairs.

Drivers in the North West (14.8%) and East Midlands (15%) are least likely to skip repairs, where as those surveyed in Scotland (22.8%) were most prone to avoiding repairs because of the cost. When questioned, London (18%) motorists reflected the national average of 18.8%. 

“Drivers are clearly prioritising other commitments if faults occur between annual MoT tests,” said Duncan McClure Fisher of motoreasy. “Naturally, that comes with a risk – especially if it relates to safety-critical items like brakes, steering, power and visibility.

“That is a risk to all road users, not just the faulty vehicle and its occupants.”

motoreasy’s concierge-like service provides customers with their own personal technician, who liaises with garages and negotiates lower prices for parts and labour on their behalf.

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Story Notes

*based on a survey of 2,000 drivers (2,000 responses). Actual figure 18.35%.

**Actual figure 24.72%.


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