New research from Holts Lloyd Oyernayional shows UK drivers are spending more than £21billion a year preventing their cars from failing. Breakdown costs can be expensive and UK drivers are spending an average of £559 repairing problems with their cars each year.
Drivers in London were forced to pay an average of over £700 a year for vehicle repairs in the most expensive region in the UK.
Engine overheating was revealed as the most popular reason why a car suffers breakdowns as 18 percent revealed they had suffered issues.
Clutch issues accounted for 17 percent of all car breakdowns, closely followed by a smashed windscreen and oil issues.
Tavia Spencer, brand manager at Holts said: “Our research highlights that drivers are spending excessively when it comes to repairs on the car, especially when many of these can be fixed at home or by the roadside.
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Severe issues can prevent motorists from getting to their offices, costing full-time staff an average of £128 per day.
The survey also revealed one in ten drivers have been forced into waiting over ten hours for help and support when their car breaks down.
This loss of time can have devastating consequences for motorists. A total of 18 percent admit to missing an important baby event due to being stuck with problems.
Drivers also admitted to missing key life events such as job interviews, birthday party’s, funerals and dates because of car woes.
Tavia Spencer added: “While breaking down can be a real inconvenience and cause a number of disruptions, there are processes and emergency products available to help drivers get back on the road in a simple way with minimal fuss.”
The study revealed a staggering 78 percent of those surveyed do not feel comfortable performing basic car repairs even though motorists can save money.
Residents in Manchester were the most reluctant to make repairs to a car themselves as 61 percent said they would be worried to get their hands dirty.
To avoid excessive breakdown costs, drivers are urged to make sure they have sufficient breakdown cover ready for journeys.
Breakdown cover schemes can cost as little as £20 per year for basic cover or £60 per year for a premium service.
Some schemes even offer an onward transept service so motorists can easily get to their destination without waiting for repairs.
However, to save more money drivers are urged to never auto-renew their policies as insurance companies could charge long-term customers more.
Money experts suggest switching providers after every year or haggling with a firm for a cheaper policy.
Holts Lloyd says the average breakdown cost could instead pay for 28 visits for two people to a cinema or pay for a weekend away.
They say drivers should look for alternative options so they can spend their money on life’s luxuries instead of repair bills.