Are you a service stretcher?

Some mechanics having a conversation
Of course it's going to sail through its MOT...
"Poorly maintained cars can become unreliable, with drivers more likely to break down or contribute to an accident" Matt Oliver, Gocompare.com
  • | by Kristian Dando

When it comes to keeping your car serviced, are you as regular as clockwork or do you put things off?

Receiving a bill to have your car fixed or serviced is usually cause to wince, so maybe it’s not surprising that one-in-seven drivers have delayed essential maintenance and repairs on their car, according to a recent survey by Gocompare.com.

But if you do so, you could be making things more expensive for yourself in the long run, or even putting your life at risk.

Matt Oliver, car insurance expert at Gocompare.com, opined:  “If you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to delay car maintenance and repairs to save money.

“However, poorly maintained cars can become unreliable, with drivers more likely to break down or contribute to an accident. And while you might think you are saving money in the short term, postponing or avoiding services and repairs may prove more costly in the future.

'Service stretching' as its known in the trade could cause you to run afoul of the law too.

If you're stopped while driving a car with tyres that are damaged or worn beyond the legal limit you could face three penalty points for each tyre and £2,500 in fines.

On top of that, if poor car maintenance leads to an accident you could face criminal charges for driving a vehicle in an unroadworthy and dangerous condition.

This could also invalidate your car insurance leaving you to foot the bill should you need to make a claim.

Something to think about next time you hear that mystery rattle every time you push down on the brakes...

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While you're at it you could have a read of Gocompare.com's car motoring checklist