Wednesday, 6th May 2020

Young motorists are putting themselves at risk by failing to take their cars in for annual services - because they either can’t afford the cost or are alien to the whole concept, HiQ has claimed.

In the fast fit network’s latest survey about car maintenance habits, 34 per cent of 500 drivers questioned opted against paying for a service, relying instead on their cars passing their MOTs in a penny saving measure.

And in another interesting statistic, 57 per cent of those deciding against a service were drivers aged between 17 and 30, suggesting that the trend is more rife in younger motorists.

The results arrive on the back of a similar claim by AA patrolman of the year Keith Miller, who said that car servicing is an alien concept to drivers of a certain age.

He said: "I think it´s a generational thing. Younger people are used to having obsolescence built into things. They use something until it breaks and then throw it away and buy a newer, better version. Servicing something is alien to them."

HiQ’s fast fit manager Stuart Carr agreed with Mr Miller, while also pointing to the ongoing economic downturn as a reason for skipping services.

He said: “We don’t think that younger drivers necessarily appreciate the pitfalls of breaking down and the costs associated with this, and therefore don’t place as high a priority on regular car services.

“We are seeing a lot more vehicles arriving with major faults and minor faults that would have been picked up on a normal service.”

Stuart also said that there was still a common conception that passing an MOT test guaranteed road worthiness, which was not necessarily the case.

“It is true that the normal vehicle service has been neglected due to the costs involved.

“Relying on the MOT has been how a lot of motorists have been judging their vehicle performance.

“A test certificate relates only to the condition of the components examined at the time of test. It does not confirm the vehicle will remain roadworthy for the validity of the certificate.

“You can pass an MOT and be charged for a road traffic offence as soon as you leave the test station, the reason being that the MOT and Road Traffic Act cover different elements.”

HiQ is continuing to offer its comprehensive service packages which promises to enhance vehicle performance and longevity, at economic prices.

The gold service is a full vehicle inspection including visual checks of lights, wipers and driving controls, and physical checks to the wheels, exhaust, brakes, steering and suspension.

The silver service will cover a visual inspection of the vehicle and will prepare it for the rigours of the season ahead, and will also include oil and filter replacement.

Stuart added: “We recommend that the gold service should be carried out every 12 months or 12,000 miles, depending which is sooner.

“While we recommend

that the silver service should be carried out every 6 months or 6,000 miles.”