Nearly half of UK motorists prepared to go into debt for car repairs

Half of survey respondents had brake repairs and more than a quarter have had to correct wheel alignment

Nearly half of UK motorists prepared to go into debt for car repairs
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Almost 50 per cent of people have said they would go into debt to repair their car, a new survey has found.

A survey of more than 1,000 British motorists has found that 47 per cent would consider going into debt in order to repair their car.

It also found that more than half 51 per cent have had to repair their brakes, whilst more than a quarter 27 per cent have had to correct their wheel alignment.

The survey, which was conducted by, also found that just 26 per cent of people asked said they had replaced their cambelt since owning their cars, meaning that nearly three quarters of cars are being driven with a potentially worn cambelt.

Cambelt repairs cost, on average, £332.91 in the UK, whilst average repair cost for clutch replacement, the most expensive repair in the UK, sits at £750.54.

The second most expensive repair is timing chains, with an average cost of £578.38, followed by gearbox repairs, which have an average cost of £570.96.

The most common repairs were brakes, batteries, and wheel alignment, with 49 per cent, 73 per cent, and 74 per cent never replacing or repairing these parts respectively.

The most expensive jobs through the site are car body resprays, with an average cost of £847.51, however these do not qualify as traditional repairs.

The site has more than 1.3m users and recently processed more than 155,000 quotes through the site in one month.

Al Preston, co-founder of, said: “Whilst maintaining and repairing your car is vital, we couldn’t believe the percentage of people that would be willing to go into debt to pay for repairs.

“Debt is something which has become ever-more-present over the last ten years, and it’s surprising to see how many people would happily go into more debt for their cars.

“Surveying our motorists is something we like to do semi-regularly, and some of the findings this time around have been amazing.

“The fact that nearly three quarters of people haven’t had their cambelt replaced is worrying to say the least.”

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