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Drivers 'putting off car checks'

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The economic climate is taking its toll on cars, with people putting off routine repairs and vehicle checks in order to save money.

According to a survey by the Glass's Guide used car valuation website,, nearly half of the drivers questioned had postponed spending on their cars, with 15% having deferred a professional service.

Another 15% said they had rescheduled repairs to the bodywork of their cars, while 8% had taken the potentially dangerous step of delaying getting new tyres. Meanwhile, 13% said they had delayed getting their air conditioning systems checked.

Almost a quarter of those surveyed said they were not keen to buy accessories such as alloy wheels and satellite navigation systems.

Andy Carroll, Managing Director at Glass's said: "While it is inevitable that some consumers will respond to deteriorating economic conditions by cutting back on aspects of their motoring expenditure, it is concerning that scheduled services and tyre purchases are being deferred."

"These are crucial for safety, and also have an impact on resale values. Prospective buyers are always more likely to buy a car which has a full service history over one that does not.

"Moreover, by delaying these important checks and thus missing manufacturer-stated service intervals, motorists are putting warranty cover at risk."

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