Vehicles dominate disposable income

Vehicles dominate disposable income

One in 10 drivers is cutting back on car maintenance to save money, according to new research.

Owning and maintaining a car can be an expensive businesses, with the poll from Halfords suggesting that 47% of drivers spend more disposable income on their vehicle than anything else.

This has led to 10% of drivers trying to spend less on the maintenance of their car. Of those trying to cut back, 41% place the reliability and safety of their car last in their list of motoring concerns.

Almost two thirds (60%) of those cutting back do not service their car sufficiently, while 43% said they will only replace tyres when they are at or below the legal minimum. Spending on car maintenance easily outweighs the amount spent on holidays (21%) and socialising with friends (13%), the research showed.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "These findings appear to reflect how important vehicles are to life in Britain.

"We know from our own research that drivers continue to see the car as an integral part of their lives with more than three quarters (78%) admitting they would find it hard to adjust to a car-free lifestyle. However, it's worrying that motorists may be overlooking vehicle maintenance as this could seriously backfire on them and end up costing far more money than it would have done to service the vehicle in the first place."

Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres added: "Car maintenance isn't just necessary, it is essential, and we have uncovered some shocking admissions that are likely to be a hangover from the recession."

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