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Young motorists far more likely to skip a service

New research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests that younger drivers are more likely to neglect basic vehicle maintenance.

In a poll of 2,000 motorists, 10% of drivers aged 18-24 said they never had their vehicle serviced. By contrast, the number of over-55s claiming to never service their car was just 2%.

Further still, 57% of 18-24 year-olds were unaware that software upgrades from the manufacturer can help maximise efficiency.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt commented: “A significant number of drivers are putting themselves at greater risk of an accident, breakdown or costly repair by not taking their cars to a dealership for servicing.

“A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but will be safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy.

“To stay safe and keep costs down, motorists should stick to servicing schedules and have repairs carried out promptly at a manufacturer main dealer.”

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