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Cost of living crisis forcing motorists to skimp on vehicle upkeep

A survey of over 2,000 UK motorists by BookMyGarage.com has found that two thirds of respondents were concerned that their vehicle may require a repair at some point in the near future which they can’t afford to fix, due to growing financial pressures. With one third saying they were likely or very likely to either delay or skip having their vehicle serviced in the next 12 months due to the cost of living crisis.

One-in-10 motorists said they have even resorted to attempting repairs themselves on their own cars in an effort to save money.

With the UK’s CPIH inflation rate reaching 9.6% in October 20222, the cost of vehicle parts has also risen. The survey found that a fifth of the respondents will be looking to use cheaper replacement parts (such as budget tyres or non-genuine parts) as a way of cutting down on repair bills.

“Not having your car serviced may seem like an easy way to cut down on motoring bills, but the reality is that more problems are likely to occur in the long term and could cost drivers more money overall.
Vehicle servicing is a preventative measure and skimping on servicing could result in significant engine damage and a repair bill that exceeds the value of the vehicle. It could also prove to be dangerous, as safety-critical faults may go unnoticed and the risk of a breakdown is greater.”

Karen Rotberg, Co-founder of BookMyGarage.com

https://bookmygarage.com/

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