Survey shows that women drivers fear being ripped off at garages

Despite accounting for almost 50 per cent of all licence holders, a recent survey shows that women in Scotland still feel they are treated differently to men by their garages and car mechanics.

Over half of the 1330 women surveyed admit to asking a male friend or family member to accompany them to a garage when their car needs service or repair work doing, in a bid to be treated fairly.

The Approved Garages survey also showed that nearly 50 per cent of Scottish women drivers have mentioned a partner or husband when booking their car into a garage so they won’t get ripped off.

The survey targeted female drivers throughout the UK between the ages of 18 to 60 and asked if they believed that the car industry had become more female friendly in recent years.

The good news for the industry is that almost half of the women stated they did believe that the industry had improved slightly and was becoming less male orientated.

But most of the women polled still believed they were being over-charged and felt intimidated with 34 per cent of the respondents admitting to having had an unpleasant experience whilst dealing with a garage.