Budget or bodge it?

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New research from Kwik Fit, the UK’s leading automotive repair and servicing company, reveals that in the last two years more than four million car owners have had to keep their car off the road because they couldn’t afford repairs needed on their vehicle.

With 21 million owners saying they have needed repairs in the last two years, this means that one in five have been forced to go without their car while they got their finances in order. Half of these motorists had to keep their car off the road for a month or longer.

A shortage of money has driven many drivers to make some risky decisions. Over 1.2 million drivers admitted to having driven their car in an unroadworthy condition because they couldn’t afford repairs with men twice as likely as women to have done so.

The research also found that:

· 1.2 million drivers admitted to having driven their car in an unroadworthy condition

· A third of car owners who either carried out a repair themselves or had a friend or relative do it for them

· Nearly half a million motorists say that although they were concerned about their DIY repairs they didn’t do anything as they sold the car soon afterwards

· 77 per cent of those skipping their car’s annual service had to get repairs carried out on their car in the last two years

More information can be found at www.kwik-fit.com