UK drivers prefer to do their own car repairs, survey finds

The vast majority of motorists in the UK are taking it upon themselves to repair their own vehicles rather than using professional garages, new research has revealed.

According to British Car Auctions (BCA), 90 per cent of car owners are tackling austerity by performing their own basic car maintenance jobs. Tasks like changing the oil, windscreen blades, antifreeze, tyres or even dealing with a flat battery were all preferred to be dealt with personally instead of going to see a professional.

Doing your own mechanic work is a good way to save money but those looking to make a living out of these practices will need to look into obtaining motor trade insurance. Specifically, anyone repairing vehicles should have a road risks insurance policy so they are covered to drive other people’s cars as part of their business operations. Using expert brokers such as ChoiceQuote is a good way to ensure you're getting the best quote for the cover you need.

The BCA research found that when it came to more serious car issues, such as breakdowns, there was still resounding support for using professionals, with 73 per cent of drivers saying they would call a breakdown service. The study, which surveyed 400 used car buyers earlier this year, also showed that the older the vehicle, the more likely the owner would be to use mechanics rather than undertake repair works themselves.

Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA ‘Used Car Market Report’, commented: “Earlier generations of motorists would have had no qualms about getting their head under the bonnet and dealing with basic car maintenance themselves. But, as motoring innovation has advanced through the nineties and noughties, motorists have increasingly relied on engine management systems to tell them when a service or repair is required and then let the experts take care of it.

“However, our new research suggests that for some tasks, drivers have reverted back to a ‘do it yourself’ attitude.”