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Research from the leading vehicle remarketing company, British Car Auctions (BCA), reveals that 23% of motorists have ignored red warning lights on their dashboard, choosing to continue driving before addressing the problem rather than stopping as soon as safe to do so. And whilst over half said they would stop immediately and call for assistance a small minority (5.5%) said they would deal with it when they had time with some hoping it might just go off of its own accord!
When it comes to amber advisory warnings, 36% of motorists who responded to the BCA research said they had ignored amber advisory dashboard warnings and did not respond to them with any urgency. Over half (59%) of those polled would continue on to their destination if an advisory light appeared and then address the problem.
According to BCA’s latest research, it’s not just warning lights motorists are ignoring as a third (35%) of survey respondents said if a ‘service due’ message came up on their dashboard they would not book a service for up to a month. Nearly half of motorists are, however, diligent in their attention to vehicle servicing with 28% getting their car serviced every 10-12,000 miles and 19% servicing their vehicle in line with manufacturer recommendations.
But the overall cost of motoring certainly appears to be a concern for many drivers, with 15% admitting that in the past year they have delayed or deferred repairs needed.
However, as Tim Naylor, Editor the BCA Used Car Market Report explained, this could be a false economy, “If a dashboard light comes on, ignoring it now could lead to a substantial repair bill later on that might easily have been avoided. In some cases the vehicle may not be safe to drive and at the very least it may mean performance is compromised which is in itself potentially dangerous.”
He added “Whilst putting off repairs or maintenance may postpone immediate motoring costs, it could cost a lot more in the long run. While mechanical repairs should be attended to as soon as possible.”
If any of your warning lights come on, then call Concorde Auto Centre, a garage you can trust. We have branches in Leicester, Peterborough, Wisbech and will soon be opening in Norwich and are currently offering excellent deals on car servicing and MOT’s.
About Concorde Auto Centre
With branches in Cambridge, Coventry, Leicester, Milton-keynes, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Swindon and Wisbech, Concorde Auto Centre offers a wide range of professional services with highly trained auto technicians always on hand to fit new parts or to offer advice to our loyal customers. Call us today to get the best prices on new car tyres fitted, winter car tyres fitted, wheel alignment, car exhaust systems, air conditioning recharges, replacement brake pads and discs, booking in your car for its MOT, car servicing, cambelts, shock absorbers, engine rebuilds, vehicle diagnostics, clutches, batteries, tow bars, turbo inspection and car gearboxes
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