Press release

Saga identifies the dying art of basic car maintenance

Monday 9 July 2007

  • Almost half of all motorists (44%) wouldn't attempt to change a flat tyre

Research released today has revealed that the advanced technology of today's cars is scaring people off attempting any general car maintenance, even something as basic as changing a flat tyre. According to the study by Saga Motor Insurance, over half of all motorists (55%) would be more likely to take their car to a garage than attempt simple maintenance themselves and less than one in five (18%) would attempt relatively simple repairs such as changing a battery or cam belt before seeking further assistance. Even more staggering is the fact that 44% of drivers wouldn't even attempt to change a flat tyre!

The days when you could ask a friend or family member for help also seem to be on the wane, with less than one in ten (8%) asking a friend for advice when repairing a car. Parents aren't deemed much help either, with only 3% turning to mum and dad for assistance.

There is still a marked difference between the sexes in their attitude towards getting under the bonnet. One in three (33%) of men would happily attempt some basic car maintenance, in comparison to only 4% of women, who are more likely to ask their other halves for assistance (26%).

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive of Saga Motor Insurance commented: "Our research clearly shows that motorists are relying more heavily on specialists to look after their cars and we can understand why - vehicles have become more complicated and technologically advanced and this combined with busier social lives means the days of Sunday afternoon tinkering will soon be a thing of the past".

-ENDS-

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