Half of British drivers don’t deal with car troubles
Over a half of British motorists wait more than three months to get their cars checked after problems with them emerge, according to new research.
The survey – conducted on behalf of BookMyGarage.com, an interactive booking directory of garages that allows motorists to get instant prices for their car’s servicing, MOT, and repair requirements from more than 5,000 UK garages – found that the nation’s car owners are risking road collisions, increased damage and bigger repair bills, as a result of not getting issues fixed in good time.
Some of the headline figures include:
* 21% of drivers will wait six months or more before getting issues checked
* 12% will drive in a vehicle experiencing faults for up to a year.
* 63% admit they are currently driving with a fault in their vehicle, which they have yet to have checked out.
* Over a quarter of motorists skip the recommended annual service.
* 35-44 year olds are the most guilty of driving with a fault, with 47% confessing to do so, followed by 45-54 year olds, which suggests that drivers become complacent about faults as they become more experienced.
The problem that drivers most commonly ignore is an illuminated engine management light, which can be the result of a relatively inexpensive part, such as a hose, being worn: a replacement part could cost as little as £25.
If ignored, though, the problem can cause further damage costing up to £500-1,500 to fix.
The second most commonly neglected problem is a worn wheel bearing, which costs under £100 to repair.
A delay in dealing with it, however, can result in damage to the stub axle or brakes, costing anything from £300-1,500 in extra repairs.
Karen Rotberg, BookMyGarage.com director, said: “These findings are really quite worrying. The data from our survey suggests that more than a half of cars currently being driven on UK roads have some sort of problem which hasn’t been looked over by a professional – and, worse, many will wait more than three months before having it checked out.
“Drivers are not only putting their cars at risk of further damage, caused by existing problems worsening over time, which is likely to result in more significant bills, but in some cases they will be putting themselves, their loved ones and other road users in serious danger.
“Many problems can be easily and inexpensively solved if they are looked over by a qualified mechanic within good time of them emerging.”