Nearly one in four believe professional mechanics 'rip off' naïve motorists, leading many to try their hand at car maintenance themselves.
These are the findings of a new RAC survey of 2,000 drivers, which found 70 per cent were prepared to pop the bonnet and carry out basic mechanics themselves.
Greedy mechanics and a spike in the cost of motoring more generally were singled out as key motivators, foregrounding the importance of reliable and affordable car repair and servicing.
More than half stated they could check and top up the oil in their automobile, while 31 per cent felt confident fitting new wheels and 27 per cent would attempt to change car batteries.
Twelve per cent said they would have a go at adjusting fan belt tension, while nine per cent would install new brake pads.
"The rising cost of motoring is obviously taking its toll on drivers, and more must be done to ensure that owning a car in the UK is affordable for all," stated David Bizley, RAC technical director.
Regular maintenance checks in conjunction with proper breakdown cover will ensure drivers are fully protected, the RAC advised.
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