Motorists are looking to defy the credit crunch by turning to DIY vehicle repairs, according to a new survey.
The survey conducted by Breakeryard.com – one of the UK’s leading online car parts breakers, revealed that motorists are now opting to perform their own minor repairs on their vehicles rather than pay a costly visit to the local garage.
In addition to servicing their own cars, it appears that many motorists are also hanging on to their vehicles for longer – a trend in keeping with the recent drop in new car registrations.
Breakeryard.com, who source low-cost car parts from a network of car breakers and scrap yards from around the UK, have reported sales of car parts increasing by as much as 50% at some partners, while others have also noted significant increases on the number of enquires that they are receiving for second hand parts.
Mercedes-Benz drivers were amongst the most likely to perform a ‘DIY’ repair, with parts for the Mercedes E Class and C class including models such as C180 and C200 and C220 being the most sought-after whilst Renault owners were also actively scouring the second-hand car parts market in order to get significant savings compared to dealer and garage prices.
See comparison quotes below on parts from Dealerships vs parts through Breakeryard.com:
MERCEDES C CLASS Front Bumper – Dealership: £280.00. Breakeryard.com: £75.00. Saving: £205
VAUXHALL VIVARO (2003) Gearbox – Dealership: £1800.00. Breakeryard.com: £750.00. Saving: £1050
FORD TRANSIT (1998) Door Wing Mirror – Dealership: £75.00. Breakeryard.com: £35.00. Saving: £40
RENAULT CLIO (1998) Passenger Car Door – Dealership: £150.00. Breakeryard.com: £45.00. Saving: £105
TOYOTA CORONA E Wiper Motor – Dealership: £150.00. Breakeryard.com: £40.00. Saving: £110.
The survey also found that the jobs typically being performed by motorists at home were lower-skilled fixes, such as minor bodywork and electrical repairs – allowing them to avoid the sky-high bills from local garages and dealers for relatively simple maintenance tasks.
Matt Bott, Operations Manager at Breakeryard.com, said:
“This is a fantastic way of saving money during this economic slowdown ensuring vehicles are kept well maintained and on the road.”
To see how you could slash your motoring costs and get cheaper car parts, complete with guarantee and delivery, visit www.breakeryard.com today.
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