Getting a big bill from the garage can be an occupational hazard once you have your own vehicle, especially if it’s more than a few years old.
However, new research has suggested some drivers are so concerned about the potential cost of repairs that they’re putting off services altogether.
Fear of expensive repairs leading to inaction
RAC MOT Assist polled 2,000 UK motorists and found 47 per cent worry about the price of unexpected repairs that could crop up each time they book their car in with their local mechanic.
This might not be unfounded either, as 52 per cent of respondents said they have paid £300 or more in the past to get a car through an MOT.
Even worse, five per cent said they had to fork out an eye-watering £1,000 or more to ensure their pride and joy was roadworthy.
Unfortunately, rather than parting with this much cash, a quarter of those who said they worry about the cost admitted they would consider putting off getting their vehicle maintained in the future.
This comes after data from the UK Spending Report found the average adult has to spend more than £1,700 a year to run a vehicle.
The RAC‘s Lauren French acknowledged that having a service or MOT can be nerve-wracking, but said she finds the number of people burying their heads in the sand about repairs alarming.
Indeed, it could mean there are millions of cars on the UK’s highways in an unroadworthy condition.
“The best advice to any driver is to keep on top of servicing and maintenance work – the quicker problems are identified, often the cheaper they are to remedy,” Ms French stressed.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “This study certainly is worrying. Without a service, you don’t know what underlying faults there could be on your vehicle that could put you and other road users at risk. We’d always recommend sticking to a regular schedule of services.”