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New BCA research reveals that more than 1 in 5 motorists have ignored red warning lights on their car dashboard

Research* from the leading vehicle remarketing company, British Car Auctions (BCA), reveals that 23% of motorists have ignored red warning lights on their dashboard, choosing to continue driving before addressing the problem rather than stopping as soon as safe to do so. And whilst over half said they would stop immediately and call for assistance a small minority (5.5%) said they would deal with it when they had time with some hoping it might just go off of its own accord!

When it comes to amber advisory warnings, 36% of motorists who responded to the BCA research said they had ignored amber advisory dashboard warnings and did not respond to them with any urgency. Over half (59%) of those polled would continue on to their destination if an advisory light appeared and then address the problem.

According to BCA’s latest research, it’s not just warning lights motorists are ignoring as a third (35%) of survey respondents said if a ‘service due’ message came up on their dashboard they would not book a service for up to a month. Nearly half of motorists are, however, diligent in their attention to vehicle servicing with 28% getting their car serviced every 10-12,000 miles and 19% servicing their vehicle in line with manufacturer recommendations.

But the overall cost of motoring certainly appears to be a concern for many drivers, with 15% admitting that in the past year they have delayed or deferred repairs needed.

However, as Tim Naylor, Editor the BCA Used Car Market Report explained, this could be a false economy, “If a dashboard light comes on, ignoring it now could lead to a substantial repair bill later on that might easily have been avoided. In some cases the vehicle may not be safe to drive and at the very least it may mean performance is compromised which is in itself potentially dangerous.”

He added “Whilst putting off repairs or maintenance may postpone immediate motoring costs, it could cost a lot more in the long run. While mechanical repairs should be attended to as soon as possible, it is also a false economy to ignore damage to bodywork and trim. Dents, dinks and scratches tend to deteriorate further if not addressed quickly and could end up affecting the resale value of the car some time down the line.”

*BCA surveyed 625 motorists, July 2013

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Tim Naylor, BCA Public Relations Department, Blackbushe Airport, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9LG Tel: 01252 878555 Fax: 01252 743447

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