Many motorists can't afford a breakdown

* Over half would struggle to pay * Average bill is 273 * Many leaving longer servicing intervals...

Author Avatar
What Car? Staff
29 April 2009

More than half of the UK's motorists would struggle to pay for repair bills if their car broke down, according to a new survey.

The research, carried out by insurance specialist Warranty Direct, revealed that 53% of the 3000 motorists questioned said that they wouldn't be able to afford the average repair bill of 273.

The survey also found that a third of drivers are considering extending their car's service intervals in an attempt to save money.

Warranty Direct managing director Duncan McClure Fisher said: 'This is worrying, because some motorists are just burying their heads in the sand.

'In the short term you could save a bit of cash by not servicing your car, but eventually it is going to need work and you're only increasing the likelihood that it's going to be a very expensive repair job.'