Drivers with financial issues ‘put off essential repairs’

Drivers with financial issues ‘put off essential repairs’

ONE in seven drivers has put off essential repairs and servicing their car due to financial struggles, according to a new survey.

The survey of 2,000 UK motorists found that replacing tyres was the repair most likely to be delayed by motorists with brake-related problems. Mechanical repairs and windscreen repairs also highlighted.

Drivers aged 25 to 34 were the most likely to delay a repair and service, with more than one-fifth (21 per cent) admitting to doing so. Drivers aged 55 or older were the least likely to delay car maintenance.

More than one-third (37 per cent) of motorists admitted driving up to 500 additional miles before getting their car serviced or repaired, while nearly one-fifth said they had driven their car with one or more warning lights because of financial pressure.

The survey also highlighted the kinds of repairs that hard-up owners had delayed in the past 12 months:

Repair type % of motorists who have delayed repair
Replacing tyres 17%
Other engine-related or mechanical repairs 8%
Brake-related repairs 7%
Windscreen repairs 7%
Clutch repairs 6%

Matt Oliver, car insurance spokesperson for, said: ‘If you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to delay car maintenance and repairs to save money.

‘However, poorly maintained cars can become unreliable, with drivers more likely to break down or contribute to an accident. And while you might think you are saving money in the short term, postponing or avoiding services and repairs may prove more costly in the future.

‘Worryingly, our research revealed that nearly a fifth of drivers have put off replacing their tyres. UK law requires you to have a minimum depth of 1.6mm of tread on your car’s tyres. The depth of tread on your tyres makes a big difference to your car’s stopping distance, particularly in wet weather.

‘If you’re stopped while driving a car with tyres that are damaged or worn beyond the legal limit you could face three penalty points for each tyre and £2,500 in fines.

‘On top of that, if poor car maintenance leads to an accident, you could face criminal charges for driving a vehicle in an unroadworthy and dangerous condition. This could also invalidate your car insurance, leaving you to foot the bill should you need to make a claim.’

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