Don’t cut corners on repairs, experts warn

8th November 2012

It can be tempting to put off a trip to the garage to service your car if you think you can get away with it, although delaying repairs will probably end up costing you more in the long run.

A survey conducted by Britannia Rescue revealed a worrying amount of drivers choose not to get their vehicle regularly serviced.

Some 40 per cent of motorists admit to driving cars which are not fit for the road because they are concerned about footing the bill for improvements.

Managing director of Britannia Rescue Peter Horton warned that "sacrificing car maintenance is a false economy, which not only increases the risk of breaking down but also puts those travelling in the car in unnecessary danger".

Road safety, he suggested, is one thing which is not worth risking.

The survey revealed that bald tyres were the most common problem. In an interview with BBC's Newsbeat, tyre manager Michael Gorman admitted that concerns over costs are making drivers act recklessly.

"People just wear their tyres down trying to get the most out of them because they're paying money for other things on their car", he said.

He added that tyres are a vital part of a car "because [they] connect you and the chassis to the road".

Drivers are even failing to take cars for annual MOT checks in a bid to save money.

Of those questioned, some 18 per cent admitted to driving without a valid certificate.

While two-thirds said they did so as they had forgotten their renewal date, the remainder confessed to driving despite knowing their certificate was invalid.

Recent research conducted by Halifax Car Insurance echoed how the issue is a real concern for the motoring community.

Head of Halifax Car Insurance Jeremy Ward said that the practice is "not only against the law, but can also impact financially on those who have appropriate cover as they may be unable to recover damages from an uninsured driver".

"An MOT ensures that a vehicle meets the necessary legal, environmental and road safety requirements at the time of the test, therefore driving without a valid MOT certificate could not only invalidate any potential car insurance claims which could go into thousands of pounds, but also pose a serious threat to the safety of those on board", he said.

The financial penalties for driving without an MOT are quite significant as motorists could be left with a fine of up to £1,000, in addition to incurring points on their license.

In February this year, the government announced that it would not be going ahead with plans to change the frequency of the MOT test.

The transport secretary Justine Greening said that the decision was reached after listening "closely to the very many views put forward" on the matter.

A number of organisations, including the AA and Road Safety GB, lobbied the government to scrap the plans over fears that it would make driving on the country's roads more dangerous.

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