UK cars 'among best maintained in the world'

Thursday, June 9, 2016


According to a new report, Brits spend an average of £695 a year maintaining their cars putting UK motorists among the best in the world when taking care of our motors.


The latest data from the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) shows that UK motorists spend a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair. 


The news comes at the same time Sainsbury's bank has released data suggesting that the average cost of running a car is around £2,197.42 a year, 22% or £622 less than 2013. One of the main reasons for this could be because the cost of fuel has fallen by 37.8% during this period.


The study also found that there are fewer cars in disrepair, generating excess pollution or needing new brakes on UK roads compared to many other countries.


Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "The UK's aftermarket is one of the most competitive in the world and plays a critical role in keeping the country's 30 million-plus cars roadworthy."


There are more than 42,500 service and repair garages across the UK and the report calculated that the after-market sector generates £12.2 billion for the UK and supports 345,000 jobs.


With more than 30 million vehicles in use requiring regular servicing and maintenance work, the UK aftermarket is already the fourth largest in Europe by car parc size and it is set to overtake France to become third by 2022. It is also the eighth largest sector of its kind in the world, bigger than those in Korea, Brazil, Canada and India.


The report also discovered that more motorists are consulting the internet to compare prices for services and repairs, with the UK having the highest penetration of online retail for automotive parts.


Hawes states: "Robust competition and a strong independent sector have helped reduce the cost of vehicle ownership in the UK and provide greater choice to consumers.


"For this growth to be sustained, however, the sector must stay abreast of evolving vehicle technologies and changing mobility patterns."


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