DIY maintenance car insurance fears

Sunday, 01 May 2011

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Car insurance customers could be losing money by not being prepared to complete straightforward maintenance tasks.

This is according to the engine care and fuel additives specialist STP, which reveals that an "unnecessary fear of the unknown" is increasing costs for Britain's road users.

Research conducted by the firm shows that they are not confident about completing routine checks on their vehicles and are often paying excessive amounts of money to fix them, rather than attempting to accomplish the tasks independently.

Younger drivers who are not savvy when it comes to maintaining their vehicles may also be potentially raising their motor insurance costs in the process.

Veronica Fung, from the engine care firm, said: "There is also a lack of knowledge on how to conduct simple maintenance procedures amongst the same group which can impede their engagement in DIY."

Ms Fung also noted that younger motorists are not interested in a "preventative culture".

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