Over 50s can trust independent garages for tricky maintenance

These days peering under the bonnet can be a daunting task – especially for those used to seeing older engines.????????????????????????????????????????????????????

The number of over 50s carrying out basic car maintenance, such as changing the battery, has almost halved over the last five years (17% compared to 10%); instead they are using garages to carry out these basic tasks according to a report from Saga Car Insurance.

Technology is the heart of the modern car which means we are now able to enjoy a smoother ride with added luxury. However, a more advanced level of expertise is needed when something needs altering or repairing. As cars have become more complex, over 50s have become less confident about car maintenance.

Old vs New

A history lesson in brief… Back in the 1970s car manufacturers started using electronic equipment to control vehicle functions and systematically regulate vehicle emissions. This subsequently increased the complexity of the vehicle functions, which improved performance, safety, reliability and fuel efficiency. These increasingly complex systems needed to be controlled and gradually the number of “computers” (or ECUs) in the vehicle grew until we have the modern motor car with its own network of interconnected systems. Although the car can even store and report faults, access to this information is unlikely to be available to the home mechanic.

These ‘on board diagnostics’, are coded, which means you require the technical expertise of a trained mechanic  – who has access to technical data as well as sophisticated and expensive equipment to generate an accurate diagnosis of the car’s problem.

What else do the stats say?

Saga report… TMG says…
One in six (16%)   men take their car to a garage after failing to make basic repairs   themselves. Rather than make a problem worse by taking a DIY   approach, use a trusted independent garage that will get it right first time.   It’s what they are there for! 
DIY car repairs:

  •   15% of over 50s will attempt their own repairs if their car is over 10   years old
  •   8% of over 50s will attempt their own repairs if their car is under   one year old
Whatever the age of your car, using a professional   is always the safest bet, even if you think you can do it yourself.   Sometimes, the upfront cost savings in DIY repairs can end up costing you   much more in larger repair work down the road, or in the loss of insurance   coverage because you didn’t go to a professional. 
Only 2% of women   are likely to attempt making repairs to their car compared with 15% of men. Women are making a wise move here. TMG members pride   themselves on being ‘female’ friendly, as they try to stub out the old stigma   attached to the industry.  They explain   all their costs in a transparent manner and offer a professional and personal   service to everyone.

 

A different report from Saga last month found that over a third of drivers over 50 are also trying to reduce their motoring spend. When it comes to taking your car for a service or repair, using an independent garage is the most cost efficient way to do it.

See our very own Infographic (infographic link) highlighting research from the Independent Garage Association (IGA). It shows that by visiting an independent garage you could be spending on average, £40 an hour less than if you visited a main dealer.

If you can relate to this post, then make sure you find your most local TMG member to make sure a professional and friendly mechanic is looking at your car and making it roadworthy… first time round!

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Posted on May 28, 2013, in car maintenance, Motoring, Trust My Garage, Tyre maintenance, vehicle repairs and servicing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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