Never Had A Breakdown? Lucky You

Wed 26th May 2021

Though the reliability of cars in recent times has improved remarkably, our trusted motors can still have the occasional blip, and new research has found that many drivers are still stressed about the prospect of breaking down.

A survey of motorists published by Kwik Fit this week shows that only three out of ten car owners have never had a car breakdown or failure, which is probably a lot higher number than it might have been twenty years ago.

The data found that 36 per cent had broken down in their current car, while an additional 34 per cent had a breakdown in a previous car, and 26 per cent of those in their current car had done so in the last six months.

The hassle of finding something wrong with your car can lead to a number of anxieties, you could be stranded, late for work, or contemplating buying a new vehicle, but the biggest worry over all is financial. Women (43%) worry about the cost of a repair more than men (35%), but conversely men pay more for their car to be fixed £304.90 on average compared to £285.40 for women.

When asked what had made them break down, battery failure was the most common fault at 17 per cent, but only four per cent of motorists are worried about this fault. Drivers are more worried about brakes failing (15%), but this is only the cause of three per cent of car problems.

"It’s clearly vital that drivers keep their brakes in good condition,” said Roger Griggs from Kwik Fit.

“But this new research bears out what we have seen for many years - that one of the most common causes of motoring headaches is a battery problem.

“Sometimes batteries will fail out of the blue, but usually there are warning signs in advance, such as a car taking longer to start on a morning.

“It makes sense for drivers to get their battery checked regularly, that way any problems can be detected before they’re left stranded.

“Although some breakdowns cannot be foreseen, regular maintenance, servicing and health checks can identify potential problems in advance and keep a car running smoothly and safely, as well as avoiding costly bills.”