By Denna Bowman
The number of cars made in the UK more than halved in the first quarter of the year due to the recession, according to industry figures.
And cost-conscious vehicle owners are also seeking other ways to keep their motoring expenses down, like shopping around for cheap tyres.
Etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres retailer, is experiencing record year-on-year growth as car owners surf the web to track down the best deals.
Etyres mobile fitting service means it does not have expensive garages to run, so overheads are low and savings are passed on to customers in the form of low prices, up to 40% cheaper than the high street depots.
However, the growth is in sharp contrast to the fall in demand for new cars.
Car production during the last three months to the end of March plummeted by 56.6% on the same period of 2008, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The only bright spot in the figures is that March production was down only 51 per cent on the same month in 2008, compared to 59 per cent in February.