Nearly one in five UK motorists drive vehicles with known faults because they can’t afford the repairs, new research has revealed.
Car maintenance and ownership service Motoreasy surveyed 2,000 drivers across the country and found that nearly a quarter (24.72 per cent) of under-55s ignored necessary repair work on their vehicles because of the cost. However, after the age of 55, only 8.5 per cent of motorists avoided having the repairs carried out, it discovered.
On average, this means almost a fifth (18.35 per cent) of motorists ignore the warning signs when it comes to their vehicle.
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Men are worse offenders than women, Motoreasy found, with 19.5 per cent claiming to have driven cars with faults including worn brake pads and discs or broken suspension springs and shock absorbers. Only 17.3 per cent of women admitted to having done the same.
Overall, drivers in Scotland were the most likely to ignore their vehicles’ need for repairs, with 22.8 per cent admitting to doing so. Those in the north-west of England or East Midlands were at the opposite end of the scale, with only around 15 per cent avoiding getting their cars fixed.
The findings come as the annual inflation rate reached 1.8 per cent – its highest level since 2014.
Motoreasy founder Duncan McClure Fisher said: “Drivers are clearly prioritising other commitments if faults occur between annual MoT tests.
“Naturally, that comes with a risk – especially if it relates to safety-critical items like brakes, steering, power and visibility.
“That is a risk to all road users, not just the faulty vehicle and its occupants.”
By Laura Thomson