The real cost of driving a car with bald tyres or faulty brakes

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Hundreds of thousands of British motorists are driving around in unsafe or un-roadworthy cars because they can’t afford to fix or replace them, according to new research.

However, drivers are not only risking their lives by continuing to travel in vehicles with bald tyres, cracked windscreens and dodgy brakes, they can also find themselves landed with an even bigger bill to put things right or if they are involved in an accident.

According to the survey by car finance experts Car Loan 4U, one of the biggest reasons for putting off tackling the problem is money – or rather a lack of it – while other motorists claim they are too busy and some admit to not trusting mechanics.

The study of 2,000 drivers revealed that there are 5.1 million cars on the road with bald tyres, 2.4 million have a cracked windscreen and just over two million have brakes which aren’t working as well as they should be.

An alarming 14 per cent of those questioned admitted they don’t feel safe driving their own car, with another 17 per cent concerned about going on long journeys and an even more worrying one in 10 confessed that a fault they have ignored has gone on to cause an accident or near-miss.

James Wilkinson, CEO of Car Loan 4U, said: “When something starts to go wrong with your car, it can be daunting if you don’t really have the money to fix it.

“But it’s worrying to see so many are putting off fixing or replacing their car and driving around in something which might not be safe enough to be on the road. Cutting corners on your car safety is not advisable, and even if you think you can’t afford it, there are options out there.”

In some cases, owners need to invest in a new car altogether, but when it is an isolated problem, like bald tyres, motorists can be firmly in the driving seat when it comes to shopping around to get the best deal to suit their vehicle and budget.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres at all price ranges, from economy and mid-range up to all the big name brands, such as Michelin, Bridgestone and Pirelli. Its highly competitive prices are always low thanks to its Discount Promise, which means customers get £25 off if they order four new tyres or £10 if they buy two or three new tyres.

Wilkinson added: “Ignoring a seemingly minor fault might save you money at that time, but it’s probably not going to go away by itself, and could leave you with a much bigger bill if it ends up getting worse.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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