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Over half of UK drivers wait more than two months to fix car faults

Over half of UK drivers wait more than two months to fix car faults

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One in seven only fix issues when they become urgent

More than half of British drivers wait more than two months before getting faults with their car fixed, a new survey has revealed.

Eight in 10 UK drivers have had a least one problem with their car in the past six months, with close to half not getting the issue sorted as soon as possible. A survey of 2,020 drivers revealed that not only do motorists put off repairs for two months, but also showed that over half couldn’t change a tyre if they needed to.

In fact, 14 per cent of those questioned only fix faults when it’s urgent, while more than a quarter don’t know how to check the oil. Of the MOT tests taken this year, one third were fails while one in 10 was because of dangerous faults.

 And yet, despite motorists agreeing that repair costs could be cheaper if addressed earlier, UK drivers spend £574.50 a year on repairs.

 

When asked why they waited so long before getting a mechanical problem checked out, 41 per cent admitted that they simply didn’t have the time while 37 per cent said they didn’t have the money to resolve the issue instead.

When asked if they had been pulled over by police for any of the mechanical issues that they had experienced, 85 per cent of recipients said that they hadn’t, while one in seven admitted that they had.

The issues that had most commonly caused drivers to be pulled over by police were broken headlights, a flat or bald tyre, or an exhaust blowing smoke.

Lucy Davies at Green Flag, who commissioned the survey, commented: “Green Flag would like to help educate drivers on the importance of consistent and timely vehicle maintenance.

“Regular car inspection, maintenance and repair will ensure that future repair costs are minimised, hence we encourage all UK drivers not to underestimate the importance of proper car care”.

Green Flag says that each week, drivers should be alert to signs that a car isn’t running as smoothly as normal and listen out for if the engine turns over more slowly than usual when started – this could be a sign of a battery nearing the end of its life.

In addition, tyres should be checked each week for any cuts, damage or reduction in pressure.

 

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