Drivers in the UK will spend over £45 million on air conditioning services this summer due to an impending heatwave, according to online garage and car repair marketplace WhoCanFixMyCar.com.
Based on internal garage and consumer data, the marketplace has predicted that there will be over one million air con units serviced in total in the months of June, July and August, having already seen a 2,500 per cent increase in requests in May compared to April.
In May 2018 alone, circa 350,000 drivers nationwide had an aircon re-gas performed on their cars – the most common aircon service.
The average quote for an aircon re-gas on WhoCanFixMyCar.com last month was £57 compared to £42 last May.
That represents a 26 per cent increase, although quotes are expected to increase as gas prices soar.
Due to new regulations on the gas that is used in the air conditioning systems, those with newer cars could expect to pay between £150 and £300.
In response, WhoCanFixMyCar.com has created a page on site for drivers to view and compare prices for re-gassing air conditioning units in their local area.
“Inundated with work”
Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said: “If demand for air con services continues to increase at the rate it is then garages are going to be inundated with work; it’s great for them but they need to be prepared for the influx of jobs.
“Some drivers don’t realise their air conditioning units need servicing and as it’s not part of a MOT test it falls under the radar.
“I think what has happened is people have been using their air con units more in recent weeks and realised it’s not working the way it should, so are booking in for a service.”
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