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63% of UK motorists driving vehicles with unresolved faults

According to new research, 63% of motorists are currently driving with a fault they haven’t had checked.

And one in five (21%) will wait for six months or more before getting issues checked while over one in 10 (12%) will drive in a vehicle experiencing faults by up to a year.

The survey of more than 1,000 British drivers was conducted by BookMyGarage.com, which also found that more than one in four Brits skip the recommended annual service.

According to BookMyGarage.com enquiry figures the problem drivers most commonly ignore is an illuminated engine management light, which can come on as a result of a small inexpensive part being worn, such as a hose which could cost as little as £25 to replace. However, if ignored, the problem can cause further widespread damage costing up to £500-£1,500 to fix. 

The second most commonly neglected problem is a worn wheel bearing, which costs under £100 to repair if dealt with when first noticed, however, if left untreated can damage the stub axle, brakes and cost anything from £300-£1500 in additional repairs.

Survey data also highlighted the top car components which Brits most commonly experience issues with were clutch, windows, exhaust, brakes, wheels and lights.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.