New research from Green Flag reveals that up to 21 million faulty cars are being driven on UK roads today Drivers wait an average of 10 weeks before addressing car faults – and fork out £574 a year as a result Under the new MOT rules, which come into effect next month, drivers could be fined up to £2,500 if they continue to drive faulty vehicles Green Flag has hints and tips about car repairs online: greenflag
New research* released today by leading breakdown cover provider Green Flag reveals that up to 21 million cars** on the roads are faulty and an “ignore the problem” issue is racking up bills in British households.
Drivers are spending an average of £574 per year – a national average of £21.5 billion – on car repairs; and 47 per cent of these repairs could have been cheaper if the issue had been addressed sooner, the research reveals.
According to those surveyed, drivers have an inbuilt “fault filter” – where they stop noticing their car’s issue, thus delaying repair. A third (33 per cent) of drivers say they’ve become de-sensitised to their car’s fault, no longer noticing the issue, while a fifth of drivers (21 per cent) state that even though they still notice their car’s faults, they are no longer annoyed by them. This could prove dangerous, particularly under the new MOT rules which are set to come into effect on 20th May 2018.
Nick Reid, Head of Automotive Technology at Green Flag, commented: “Driving a faulty car is a huge issue. Not only is it dangerous for you, your passengers and other drivers on the road; not getting issues seen to only makes them worse, which means a bigger bill for you.
“This research indicates that many drivers have a ‘fault filter’ and are switching off to the problems before getting them seen to. We are advising that everyone checks their cars with a knowledgeable family member or friend to ensure that they’re running normally and, if they aren’t, that they get them fixed before the problem worsens.”
When asked about getting their car repaired, drivers revealed they wait an average of 10 weeks before they get the issue seen to. More than half (57 per cent) of drivers say repairs are too expensive, 27 per cent say they don’t have the time and 23 per cent say they simply can’t be bothered.
Partners (41 per cent) top the list of the people quickest to point out our car’s faults, followed by parents (25 per cent), children (11 per cent) and friends (10 per cent).