Owners delaying servicing due to cost concerns
New research found 52% of drivers putting off car maintenance with 62% citing cost as the main issue
June 27, 2014
It was found that women are more likely than men to put off maintenance, with 56% of women and 47% of men admitting to delaying car care. The hassle of having to fit getting to a garage in around other commitments was an issue for 47% of respondents; finding a trustworthy mechanic and the worry about not having a car while it’s in the garage were also common problems (32% and 24% respectively). 75% of those aged 65 and over said cost was a barrier to carrying out car maintenance. The oldest demographic also seems to have the biggest concerns about finding a trustworthy mechanic, with the 40% of this age group citing this as a reason for putting off car maintenance. Despite these concerns of cost and trust, drivers aged 65 and over are the least likely to put off car maintenance: only 22% of respondents in the age bracket said they typically put it off. In contrast, young drivers are the most likely to put it off, with 68% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 69% of 25 to 34-year-olds saying so.