Lockdown breakdown: 12.5 million motorists skip servicing

Published:  09 September, 2020

12.5 million motorists may have delayed getting their car serviced as a result of lockdown, a survey has found.

The survey of 10,000 BookMyGarage subscribers found that 32% of drivers cited a lack of money for delaying servicing, with 29% postponing due to their lower than average mileage since March. 77% of  drivers said they would normally get their car serviced annually even though more than 60% said they had been adversely impacted either financially or personally by the pandemic.

Despite 47% claiming that they were concerned about the safety of their vehicle, 38% were comfortable doing maintenance work on their car themselves. Meanwhile, 56% used the government’s MOT exemption.

Further research by BookMyGarage revealed that the amount of additional repair work required by cars booked in for a MOT in July nearly doubled from 25% to 48% over the same period last year, prompting concern over the health of vehicles on the road.

Jessica Potts, Head of Marketing for BookMyGarage, said: “The figures we’ve seen coming through our network of 9,000 franchise and independent garages suggests that the pandemic and lockdown has definitely had an adverse effect on the health of our cars.

She added: “It’s understandable that motorists have wanted to save money during the pandemic, as many have unfortunately lost their jobs, earned less because of the furlough scheme or taken pay cuts, but it’s important that motorists get their cars up to scratch now that Britain’s car parc is moving again.”

To view the full survey go to: https://bookmygarage.com/blog/covid-car-servicing-insights/

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