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13 million motorists to ‘skip’ annual service to save money

Published 16 September 2013

One in three motorists will avoid their next service in a bid to save money, according to new research by Kwik Fit.

The study by one of Britain's largest servicing and repair organisations suggests that around 13 million of UK motorists (39 per cent) will use the MoT as the only kind of safety inspection, with the majority saying they're unable to afford the costs of an annual service. 

“It is very concerning to find that so many motorists are thinking of skipping their next service,” commented Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit.

“Tyres, brakes and lights are all crucial to road safety, so it is vitally important that they are regularly checked, and not just left until the MOT is due,” added Roger.

According to Stuart James, director of the Independent Garage Association (IGA), the notion of saving money - by skipping an annual service - is a false economy and the result will be more MoT failures and costly repairs.

“Drivers are not servicing their vehicles as they perceive the annual MoT as the only necessary service. However, if the only time a motor industry professional looks at a car is at its annual MoT then the failure rate is destined to increase and a reactive repair will leave the consumer vulnerable to higher bills,” Said Stuart James.

“The IGA recently met with Stephen Hammond, Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss the pricing of MoTs with the focus being on increasing the MoT fee along with a mandated minimum fee and retest fee. This would incentivise consumers to maintain their cars and service their vehicles between MoT tests.”

Kwik Fit spoke to thousands of motorists during its study and found a number of worrying trends, with one in ten (10 per cent) confessing to ‘never’ checking their tyres. The research also showed that nearly one in seven (15 per cent) admitted to experiencing a problem with their brakes but are not actively looking to repair it.

Drivers in the South West are the most likely to skip their next service (45 per cent) while motorists in Scotland are shown to be the most prudent, with 22 per cent saying they’ll skip their next service.

Drivers who admit they will skip their service by region

Position

Region

% Who admit they will skip next service

1.

South West

45%

2.

North West

44%

3.

London

43%

4.

East of England

42%

5.

East Midlands

41%

6.

Wales

40%

7.

South East

36%

8.

Yorkshire & Humberside

36%

9.

North East

36%

10.

West Midlands

34%

11.

Scotland

22%

Comments

MrMazda    on 16 September 2013

I will do my own service, An oil and filter change with Morris C Three, Safety check tyres, brakes, erc. New Bosch windscreen wipers from europarts for winter and lubriction of hinges, etc.

ransoman145    on 18 September 2013

I do my own servicing too with genuine parts were possible. I know i can do a far better job than the main dealer and it costs a third of the dealer price.

The last time the Fiat dealer did my service they fitted the wrong sparkplugs but charged me the price of the considerably more expensive correct plugs.

lauralouise90    on 25 September 2013

Admittedly Services can seem a little expensive but I look at them as a pre MOT so if things are spotted on the service i can get them all repaired and the car will pass it's upcoming MOT no problems!

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