Drivers in England told to pay 35p to save £1,000 being wiped from bank account

Drivers have been told they can fork out just 35p to potentially save £1,000 being wiped from their bank account. Drivers are only just realising they can fix major damage with a simple 35p hack amid the ongoing Cost of Living crisis.

Motorists can hide bad scratches from their bodywork with basic homemade DIY tools available in almost every supermarket in the UK. Fixing a scratch on a car typically involves the removal of deep scratches and the application of a new layer of paint. Depending on the extent of the damage, this service can cost anywhere from £500 to £1000.

Overall, the cost to repair a scratch on a car in the UK can vary greatly depending on the type and extent of the damage. But experts have warned motorists can remove scratch marks and dents off car bodywork panels with a simple household item costing less than 35p.

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Specialists at LeaseCar say toothpaste, nail varnish and shoe polish could all help and white vinegar, which can be picked up in supermarkets across the UK for pennies, could be the cheapest fix. Tim Alcock, a motoring expert from explained: “Not all car scratches need to be fixed by professionals as they can be easily fixed with some simple DIY.

“Using nail varnish or shoe polish is a great way to disguise minor scratches. Other options like toothpaste and spray paint are genius hacks for trying to buff out scratches and make them disappear. Make sure to only use a small amount of products like nail varnish and vinegar, as they could cause damage to the paintwork if used too often or in large quantities.

"Use small amounts at a time and make sure to not leave it on the paint for too long before wiping or buffing it off. Buffing out scratches may take a few tries to remove them fully, but the end result will help save drivers a lot of money in the long run.”