By Denna Bowman
Saving money is a priority for everyone at the moment, but putting off carrying out major repairs and not replacing worn tyres is a false economy.
However, consumers can cut the cost of tyres by shopping online to avoid paying the high street depots high prices and getting repairs carried out will save money in the long run.
A survey by a leading car magazine highlighted how belt-tightening motorists who are trying to ride out the recession by not spending money on their cars, is leading to an increase in potentially unroadworthy vehicles.
More than half (51%) of motorists are worried about paying for repairs found during an MOT inspection, a survey by motoring website and magazine Auto Trader found.
A further 10 per cent are delaying putting their car through an MOT test until after its due date and 7 per cent are delaying renewing their road tax.
The survey showed that 32 per cent of motorists are holding off doing repairs to their vehicle, and of these nearly 15 per cent of the repairs are deemed to be ‘quite major’ with 5 per cent ‘very major’.
However, in the long run, putting off replacing tyres and repairing faults can lead to fines, penalty points, increased wear and tear to the vehicle and in the worst scenario, accidents and even breaches of insurance policies, making them worthless.
Matt Thompson, managing director of Auto Trader, said: ‘It is extremely worrying that nearly half of all UK motorists are prepared to drive in an unroadworthy vehicle to save money during these difficult times.’
He added: ‘with tightening budgets and job losses looming, motorists are being very careful with their money and feel they have no option but to sacrifice essential vehicle maintenance as the cost of motorising continues to increase.’
Etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres firm, is up to 40% cheaper than high street depots because it does not have garages to run and other large overheads which force prices up.