A third of drivers are more likely to attempt DIY car repairs

Around a third of these home mechanic repairs result in failure

A third of drivers are more likely to attempt DIY car repairs
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New research has revealed that more people are carrying out DIY car repairs in order to save money.

The survey of more than 4,500 car owners shows that over a third (36 percent) of UK drivers are more likely to attempt making their own car repairs than book a professional, due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Alarmingly, the survey also revealed that DIY repairs ended in failure 34 percent of the time, with a further 17.5 percent of repairers ‘uncertain’ of how successful they had been.

Car repair prices have increased drastically over the past few years, driven by increasing operational, spare parts and energy costs. However, there is a risk that DIY repairs could endanger road users and cost car owners more in the long run, especially since so few (37 percent) are taking the time to compare mechanic quotes first.

David Loy, interim CEO at WhoCanFixMyCar, the company behind the survey, said: “Although it’s great that people have the confidence to work on their cars, our research shows that approximately one in three DIY repairs goes wrong. Ultimately, an incorrectly repaired car is an unsafe car. Some drivers may be unable to identify a bad repair until it’s too late, resulting in a costly breakdown or, worse, a road accident.

“It’s important that car owners understand the risks associated with DIY repairs and are working on their vehicles safely. If you have doubts about your mechanical know-how, we recommend booking a professional to do the job and using price comparison on platforms like ours to help you save money.”

The top five most requested services on the WhoCanFixMyCar website are:

  • MOT
  • Full service
  • Clutch replacement
  • Cambelt and water pump
  • Full service and MOT

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