British motorists spent more than £18billion on car repairs last year

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As if the cost of fuel weren’t enough, a new study by vehicle repair service www.bumper.co.uk has found that of those in need of repairs, UK drivers spent an average of £803 l year in auto repairs. The research asked 2,320 UK drivers aged over 18 whether they had needed vehicle repairs in the past 12 months.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of respondents said they had to pay for repairs in the past 12 months. With an average cost of £803 (the lowest repair cost listed was just £37, while the highest was £1,796).

The latest National Travel Survey conducted by the Department for Transport estimated that there were around 35.9 million UK driving license holders. Multiplied by the average cost that drivers admit to spending in the past year on vehicle repairs, this would mean that drivers who needed car repairs in the past year collectively spent about $18.5 billion pounds.

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The results revealed that the cities below were home to motorists who had to shell out the most for car repairs: London – £1,796; Oxford – £1,587; Bristol – £1,267; Birmingham – £1,112; Exeter – £1,098. The cities that reported the lowest repair costs were Liverpool (£37), Newcastle (£61) and Cardiff (£85).

The survey also asked respondents what repairs they had to pay for in the past year. The most common responses were: replacing tires – 62%; brake repairs – 52%; Windshield repair/replacement – 43%; Wheel alignment – 29% and spark plug replacement – 20%.

Drivers in the South West are more likely to need their tires replaced than the rest of the country, with 73% saying they needed this repair. In the North of England, the most frequently reported repair was windscreen repair/replacement (59%).

James Jackson, CEO of www.bumper.co.uk, said the research “really highlights” how much vehicle owners could be spending each year. “Since the start of the year, we have seen the cost of living rise rapidly, particularly in the automotive sector with the cost of fuel reaching record highs. It’s more important than ever for drivers to be aware of the cost of repairs and the different ways to manage the financial burden.

“Whether it’s setting aside some money for future repairs each month, or considering an affordable buy now, pay later for services. There are many ways to keep your vehicle costs under control. so that we don’t get stuck,” he said. .

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