Drivers 'struggling with car costs'

Nearly a quarter of motorists are struggling to afford to run a car, according to used-car search website

It discovered that more than eight in 10 (82%) motorists listed fuel costs as being the underlying reason why they are struggling run a car.

There is no denying that fuel prices are high but they can be partly offset by shopping around for the most reasonably price car insurance and breakdown cover deals available.

More than a third (38%) of the 2,000 drivers polled admitted that the cost of car insurance cover was their biggest worry, while nearly a fifth (19%) expressed more concern about road quality in the local area.

A quarter of motorists plan to cut back on the amount of money they spend on fuel, while more than a tenth (12%) of people plan to use public transport more to save money.

Phill Jones, commercial director of, said: "The evidence is clearly there to suggest that blithely resorting to a temporary freeze in fuel duty is simply not enough."

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