Car owners ‘are skimping on maintenance during recession’

Motorists may be neglecting essential vehicle maintenance in an effort to reduce their expenditure during the recession, according to research.

Car expert Glass’s has conducted a survey which reveals that 46 per cent of those polled have chosen to put off servicing their car or paying for repairs to tyres or bodywork.

In addition, many are now choosing to avoid other car-related expenditures such as purchasing satnavs or alloy wheels.

Andy Carroll, managing director at Glass’s, stated that deferring essential maintenance work risks undermining their safety and the validity of their warranty.

He warned that doing so may also have financial downsides, saying: “Prospective buyers are always more likely to buy a car which has a full service history over one that does not.”

This comes after Kwik-Fit last week warned students against ignoring the need to repair their cars or take out insurance, as doing so is both unsafe and illegal.

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