52% of motorists know their car is faulty, study finds

According to a new study, the majority of British motorists know their car has a fault that needs fixing.

The research, carried out by online mechanic quoting and booking platform ClickMechanic, found that 52% of motorists were aware of at least one fault with their vehicle.

Meanwhile, 62% of participants reported surprise breakdowns to be the most stressful part of car ownership.

In the context of Britain’s ongoing cost of living crisis, these figures certainly make sense. With bills on the increase and fuel prices remaining high, it’s no surprise that many people simply can’t afford to get their car mended – even if they know it’s not performing at its best.

Speaking to Aftermarket Online, ClickMechanic’s co-founder Andrew Jervis said: “Many of us rely on our car to go about our daily lives and cannot imagine not having it there.

“We think this might be why so many people risk taking their vehicles on the road, even when they’re not sure of the safety or capability of their vehicle.

“Most of the time car problems are not too serious and can be resolved with a quick fix by a mechanic.

“Repairs can be costly, but most can be avoided with regular MOTs, annual servicing, and getting even small problems fixed as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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