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Poor repairs put motorists at risk

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'Cowboy' repairs could be putting motorists in danger, new research has suggested.

According to a poll by Autoglass, one in ten motorists admit that they would rather go to a garage with a poor reputation if it meant saving money.

The research compiled from 2,500 motorists found 40% reported a fault with repair work and one in three said that the repair had been unsafe.

Currently there is no legislation in place to make training compulsory at repair centres in the UK, but Autoglass is urging the industry to do more to protect drivers.

Research by the Office of Fair Trading suggested that approximately 1.3 million complaints are made each year about bad work from garages.

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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