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Cash-strapped car owners opt for DIY servicing

06 May 2010 15:01:39

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A growing number of drivers are servicing their own cars.
The number of drivers who service their own cars to save money has risen over the past 12 months, new research suggests.

According to a survey by Kwik-Fit, 35% of drivers now carry out their own services, despite the fact that 69% do not feel confident about their abilities as a mechanic.

The finding suggests that many vehicles may not be roadworthy, increasing their owners' chances of a breakdown and potentially putting lives at risk.

David White, customer services director at Kwik-Fit, noted: "Modern cars are increasingly reliant on computer technology, so there are fewer tasks under the bonnet suitable for an amateur enthusiast."

The director warned that owners should never rely on the MOT to pick up faults, as the tests mainly focus on safety factors.

"A proper service will highlight issues which could cause a future breakdown and also cover areas too complicated for most DIY mechanics," he explained.

The survey is not the first to show the dangerous practices of some cash-strapped motorists.

A recent poll by esure car insurance suggests that two-thirds of motorists with no breakdown cover would call out a friend or attempt DIY repairs on the motorway hard shoulder, rather than spend money on a mechanic.ADNFCR-2196-ID-19762280-ADNFCR ADNFCR-2196-ID-19464191-ADNFCR

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