Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Have-A-Go Brits Happy To Service Own Cars

A recent survey by the RAC has revealed that a large number of British drivers feel comfortable carrying out basic mechanics on their own cars, rather than take the car to a local garage.

The report showed that 70% of drivers were happy to get stuck in. Over 50% of motorists were happy to check and top-up oil levels themselves.

The report went on to highlight that a third of drivers would fit a new wheel, 27% would attempt to change the battery, 12% would adjust fan belt tension and 12% would fit new brake pads to the vehicle.

It is believed that the increase in the number of people prepared to undertake work on their own cars is due to the belief that many professional mechanics rip-off naive drivers, and thus increase the cost of driving.

Commenting on behalf of the RAC, Technical Director David Bizley said:

"It is great to see that Britons are taking an interest in how their vehicle works and undertaking many of the simple checks and maintenance tasks which can prevent breakdowns."

Mr Bizley added:

"However, the rising cost of motoring is obviously taking its toll on drivers, and more must be done to ensure that owning a car in the UK is affordable for all."

Here at iKube we believe it's important to take care of your car, however, we recommend taking the car to a professional mechanic for more complex jobs. If you damage your car whilst attempting to fix it you could end up in an accident and face claims on your young driver insurance claim – potentially increasing the overall cost of motoring.

Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/diy-servicing-beats-garage-rip-offs-1-2490936