'Cowboy' repairs cost motorists dear

New research has revealed that motorists could be putting their safety at risk by choosing cheap "cowboy" repair services in an attempt to save money.

One in 10 car-owners said they would go to a garage with a poor reputation to save money, according to a poll by Autoglass. And more than half would rather spend money on their household bills than on essential repairs.

Shoddy repair work can actually end up costing more in the long term, with 40% of the 2,500 motorists questioned admitting there had been a fault with repair work on their vehicles.

Some of the more alarming problems included wheels falling off on motorways, clutches snapping on the drive home and even cars bursting into flames after undergoing a service. The average cost of correcting a "botched" repair was £117.

Recent research by the Office of Fair Trading suggested that around 1.3 million complaints are made by consumers about shoddy work from garages every year.

Nigel Doggett, managing director of Autoglass, said: "In an industry where virtually anyone can set up a repair business on a supermarket car park without any proof or requirement for training, the onus is surely on established vehicle servicing and repair centres to lead the way."

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