More motor insurance customers 'doing DIY servicing'

Wednesday, 05 May 2010

Economic worries have led to more car insurance customers performing their own car servicing over the past year, according to new research.

More than one-third of motor insurance policyholders now carry out a service on their own car themselves, research from Kwik Fit, the automotive repair expert, has found.

The leading fast-fit tyre supplier has warned that people being DIY mechanics could leave them at risk from accidents, which could impact on customers' car insurance premiums.

Almost 70 per cent of motorists confessed that they do not feel confident servicing their own car, which means that around 1.25 million cars on the roads may not have been properly serviced or repaired.

The research also revealed that, due to motorists wanting to save money, some cars have not undergone any servicing over the past year.

Some 2.5 million fewer cars were serviced at a garage last year. Conducting regular services on cars should make them safer, which will result in fewer accidents and that, in turn, will reduce car insurance premiums.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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