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Concerns over unexpected costs leading drivers to stall on car servicing

Nearly half of UK drivers (47%) worry about unexpected repairs when it comes to car servicing, impacting the number of people planning car maintenance for the future.

A survey of 2,000 drivers for RAC MOT Assist found a quarter of all drivers (24%) who worry about unexpected problems with their cars say this uncertainty actually puts them off getting their car maintained in the future; a particular concern for businesses with grey fleet drivers.

The research also found drivers are regularly forking out hundreds of pounds to enable their vehicle to pass the MOT. More than half of drivers (52%) have paid £300 or more to get their car through the MOT, with 5% of drivers having paid £1,000 or more.

RAC MOT Assist product manager Lauren French said: “Clearly, taking a car in for a service or MOT can be a nerve-wracking experience with many drivers concerned about what might be uncovered, and the unpleasant financial consequences that can result. But it’s even more alarming that this experience is enough to put some people off getting their car serviced in the future. Just how many people are driving vehicles on the UK’s roads that they know have problems?

“The best advice to any driver is to keep on top of servicing and maintenance work – the quicker problems are identified, often the cheaper they are to remedy.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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