Fifth of drivers delayed servicing because of lockdown

As many as 7.3M vehicles on the roads not serviced in over a year, research suggests

One in five (22 per cent) of drivers delayed servicing their vehicles due to lockdown, according to new research findings.

Postponing the vital safety checks — which most manufacturers recommend take place on an annual basis — could affect as many as 7.3 million vehicles, analysis by Heycar shows.

It comes as a further one in ten drivers (12 per cent) are preparing to delay their vehicle’s next scheduled service.

Dan Powell, senior editor at heycar, said: “The latest lifting of lockdown restrictions is eagerly awaited by the entire nation.

“The prospect of meeting friends and families indoors for the first time this year will see millions of us jumping in our cars to visit our loved ones.

“But our analysis has highlighted a significant concern – that there could be as many as 7.3million vehicles on the roads that have not had a service in over a year.

“Servicing a vehicle is critical to keeping it running well and reducing the risk of road accidents, and we would urge all drivers to ensure their vehicles are in optimum working order before they hit the roads this summer.

“And for those who are planning to buy in the coming months – by being able to provide full service and MOT histories alongside warranties the nation’s dealerships can offer welcome reassurance to customers that their new purchase can be trusted.”

The heycar study also discovered that despite 95 per cent of motorists being aware of the government’s six-month MOT extension — just one in five (18 per cent) used it.

For those who delayed their car’s service over the past twelve months, almost half (46 per cent) cited lack of use as the primary factor, while 13 per cent said it was as a result of having to shield.

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