One-third of drivers in the UK have admitted to skipping an ‘essential service’ on their car due to the cost of living crisis, a new survey has found.
The issue is having the greatest effect on younger drivers, with just over 40 per cent of 18-34-year-old drivers bypassing routine vehicle maintenance as a way to save money.
Mike Todd, CEO at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “The cost of living crisis has left many drivers contemplating the difficult decision to skip essential vehicle maintenance and compromise safety, particularly the younger drivers on the road.
One in four drivers has driven despite knowing that their vehicle needed essential maintenance, too, while almost two-thirds of drivers would be keen to spread the cost of vehicle maintenance rather than pay in one lump sum. As a result of rising costs, a quarter of respondents have also considered giving up driving because of the rising costs of maintenance and repair.