More than four million car owners have had to keep their car off the road because they couldn’t afford repairs needed on their vehicle according to research.
According to findings from repair and servicing group Kwik Fit, with 21m owners saying they had needed repairs in the last two years, this meant that one-in-five (19%) had been forced to go without their car while they got their finances in order.
In addition, half of these motorists (two million) had to keep their car off the road for a month or longer.
The company said a shortage of money had driven many drivers to make some risky decisions. Over 1.2m drivers admitted to having driven their car in an unroadworthy condition because they couldn’t afford repairs with men twice as likely as women to have done so.
Many drivers carry out repairs themselves, which is obviously not a problem in itself. However, a third of car owners who either carried out a repair themselves or had a friend or relative do it for them say they were concerned about the quality of that repair. Nearly half a million motorists say that although they were concerned about their DIY repairs, they didn’t do anything about it as they sold the car soon afterwards.
In addition, more than three quarters (77%) of those skipping their car’s annual service had to get repairs carried out on their car in the last two years.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “Measures which may appear to be saving money in the short term may turn out to be a false economy. Skipping servicing can lead to problems which may be more expensive to fix at a later date.”