A Motor Ombudsman study found that the majority of people who don’t currently have a maintenance plan plan to miss or delay their car’s annual service this year beyond the manufacturer’s recommended interval. vehicle. Indeed, British motorists are trying to save money in the face of the steep rise in the cost of living, according to the survey.
The survey of 2,000 drivers found that 33% of motorists expect to miss their annual service and more than 20% will be forced to delay it.
April has already proven to be a difficult month for Britons, resulting from the introduction of a 54% rise in the price cap for gas and electricity bills, and the rise in council tax. and vehicle excise tax (road tax), all of which came into force. effective at the beginning of the month.
On top of that, the current high cost of petrol and diesel, along with soaring inflation that is making products on the shelves even more expensive, don’t help matters.
However, aside from the annual MOT for cars three years and older, ensuring a vehicle is serviced and maintained is important from a safety and reliability perspective.
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The study found that women car owners, residents of Wales and those aged 45 to 54 were the least likely to have their car serviced this year or to bring their vehicle back to the garage in time once they had reaches the next service interval.
Additionally, 68% of respondents said they were looking to cut costs this year by using their car less, walking or cycling to their destination, and driving more efficiently.
Others added that they would look for cheaper insurance and use public transport more often.
While the study uncovered some worrying figures about Britons’ approach to interviewing, it also provided some positive news.
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The survey revealed that 60% of car owners recognize the importance of vehicle maintenance.
Most drivers were also aware that it helps extend the life of a vehicle, with an average of 30% of respondents also agreeing that it is a crucial step to help protect their own safety, that of passengers and those around them.
Additionally, 35% of car owners appreciate that having a maintenance history improves the resale value of a car.
About one in three agreed that following a car manufacturer’s maintenance schedule helps improve a car’s resale value.
Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of the Automotive Ombudsman, said: “The month of April saw the conjunction of several increases in the cost of living, which unfortunately hit consumers’ wallets at the same weather.
“It is therefore inevitable that something will break, and our study has shown that servicing and maintaining vehicles is considered a lower priority.”
Mr Fennell added: “This is of course concerning – not following the car manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and not taking your car to a garage to have it professionally examined if there is a mechanical problem essentially compromises the safety and value of the vehicle.
“Even in these difficult times, it is important that motorists maintain their vehicle in both roadworthy and legal condition at all times, and that any maintenance is carried out by a company accredited to the full automotive industry code of practice. for the maintenance and repair of the Motor Ombudsman. ”
He continued: “It will give consumers the added peace of mind that a vehicle repairer will provide high standards of work and service, and that they can turn to the Automotive Ombudsman if they have a complaint they don’t. are unable to resolve with the company in the first instance. »
The news comes after drivers were told to change the way they drive by slowing down on the roads as it could help save them hundreds of pounds a year and could improve fuel efficiency by 25%.
Motorists have been urged to slow down slightly on faster roads as they could save a lot of money.
Driving at high speed on two-lane roads and highways means that the car’s engine runs at a higher rpm than on slower roads.
The most efficient speed for driving is between 55 and 65 miles per hour, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Driving at 70 mph compared to 80 mph on a highway could save drivers 25% more fuel.