Drivers face huge car repair costs amid the cost of living crisis

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New research conducted by vehicle repairs service bumper.co.uk found that, of those who needed repairs, UK drivers spent an average of £803 last year on fixing their vehicle. The research asked 2,320 UK drivers over the age of 18 if they needed vehicle repairs in the last 12 months.

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those questioned said they did have to pay for repairs in the past 12 months.

The average cost was £803.

The lowest repair cost stated was just £37, while the highest was £1,796.

The latest National Travel Survey conducted by the Department for Transport estimated that there are approximately 35.9million driving licence holders in the UK.

When multiplied by the average cost that drivers admit spending in the past year on vehicle repairs, this would mean that drivers who required motor repairs in the past year collectively spent an estimated £18.5billion.

The cities with the highest repair costs were London – £1,796; Oxford – £1,587; Bristol – £1,267; Birmingham – £1,112; Exeter – £1,098.

The cities that reported the lowest repair costs were Liverpool (£37), Newcastle (£61), and Cardiff (£85).

The survey also asked participants what repairs they needed to pay for over the past year.

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The most common answers were: Tyre replacement – 62 percent; Brake repairs – 52 percent; Windscreen repair/replacement – 43 percent; Wheel alignment – 29 percent and spark plug replacement – 20 percent.

Drivers in the South West were shown as the most likely to have their tyres replaced compared to the rest of the country, with 73 percent saying they needed this repair carried out.

In the North of England, the most common repair reported was windscreen repair/replacement (59 percent).

James Jackson, CEO of bumper.co.uk, said the research “really highlights” just how much vehicle owners might need to spend every year.

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