Third of car owners putting off servicing because of coronavirus

Pandemic had an effect on routine maintenance

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A third of UK drivers have delayed getting their car serviced as a result of financial constraints brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey has found.

The poll, of 10,000 UK motorists, also found that 29% of drivers had postponed their car’s servicing because their car had covered far fewer miles than normal during lockdown.

While more than half of those queried used the Government’s MOT exemption to delay the need for an MOT, the number of drivers who have put off their servicing equates to more than 12 million vehicles across the UK.

Additional research found that the amount of extra repair work that was needed by cars booked in for an MOT in July was double that of the same period last year, highlighting concerns that vehicles on the road might not be in the best state of repair.

The survey was conducted by car servicing portal BookMyGarage, so unsurprisingly they have a vested interest in the results. 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.

“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 park is moving again.”

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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