As many as one in four British motorists will skip their next car service in a bid to save cash, according to a new survey – but many still plan to shell out for expensive car washes.
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Of the 1,000 drivers questioned by Kwik-Fit, 22% said they would spend around £80 a year on washing or valeting their cars.
Kwik-Fit said each of these drivers will have their car scrubbed-up an average of seven times in the next year – spending as much as £11.50 a time.
David White, customer services director at Kwik-Fit, said: ‘It is great that so many motorists take pride in the appearance of their car, but if money’s tight they would probably be wise to wash the car themselves and put the money towards a service. After all there’s no point in having a gleaming car if it’s on the road to nowhere.’
Kwik-Fit said regular servicing can help to head off car troubles before they become bigger and more expensive to fix. But last year, a poll carried out for the Automotive Technician Accreditation found that nearly one in 10 drivers don’t carry out any basic maintenance and safety checks between car services.
Which? has put together a guide to car servicing, which will help you decide whether it’s cheaper to have your car serviced at a dealership or an independent garage. You can also save cash ahead of your MOT test with this expert guide to basic car checks.
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