A recent survey has revealed that almost two-thirds (62%) of women believe that they're quoted too much for car repairs just because they're female.
The research, commissioned by mobile tyre fitting specialist TyresOnTheDrive.com, showed that 62% of woman agreed that when they visited a garage they had been excessively quoted for maintenance on their car. Of these women, another 62% thought that their gender was a reason behind the mechanics' inflated prices.
64% of the women who believe that they were quoted too much also stated that they felt that the mechanics assumed they didn't know enough about cars, while 39% thought that they were deemed as being gullible enough to fall for it.
Dominic Clark, founder and CEO of TyresOnTheDrive.com, said: "It's really stark proof of the sexism that still exists at many garages in the UK," Clark believes that the survey shows that the car maintenance industry is still some way off from other businesses in terms of gender discrimination.
"Although I, unfortunately, don't think anyone would have been too surprised to find it happens occasionally, to see that such a high proportion of women have felt this way really is shocking in 2016." Clark added: "The industry is completely unregulated, and that needs to change if customers are to be treated fairly and not fall victim to outdated stereotypes."
Almost a quarter (24%) of the women who felt the garage were being sexist towards them, now bring a male friend to avoid getting ripped off, whilst 1.7% of the woman bring another female friend.
Meanwhile, 34% of the woman confessed that they now go to a different garage altogether.