Four million Australian drivers risking it all on the roads

 

3 February 2016


Four million Australian motorists are gambling with their safety by skimping on car servicing and repairs, according to new research from online insurer, Bingle.

Bingle’s study showed a third (31%) of motorists had put off servicing and repairing their vehicles deeming it too expensive to fix. To make matters worse, drivers admitted they had continued to drive their cars, regardless of the work required.

Bingle spokesperson, Marcela Balart, said: “In the long-term, avoiding essential servicing and repairs is actually the more expensive decision for drivers. What starts out as a small issue with a straight-forward fix can snowball into a much bigger and costly repair.”

Bingle’s Cost of Motoring Index² shows the average driver spends an estimated $1000 a year on servicing and maintenance – approximately 20 per cent of the overall annual cost to keep a car running on the road.

According to the research, drivers aged 18 to 49 were twice as likely to avoid servicing their vehicles to manufacturer recommendations as drivers over the age of 50.

Ms Balart estimates that of the 13 million passenger vehicles currently on Australian roads*, approximately four million were in need of servicing or repair.

“Trying to save money is one thing, but it should not come at the cost of your safety or the safety of those who travel as passengers in your car,” she said.

“Self-servicing and repairing modern vehicles are huge undertakings thanks to the technological advancements in the motor industry. Even small repairs can be quite complex, but that doesn’t mean drivers don’t have a part to play in ensuring their cars remain roadworthy.

“With the average driver clocking up more than 13,200 kilometres a year, motorists should not underestimate how important a car’s engine and mechanics are to its safety and efficiency.

“Ensuring vehicles are serviced in line with manufacturer recommendations and investing in basic maintenance will not only help extend the life of a car, it can also help prevent unnecessarily expensive repairs and, ultimately, lower the overall cost of motoring,” Ms Balart advised.

For media enquiries or to arrange an interview please contact:

Marcela Balart
Bingle Corporate Affairs
P: 02 8121 0298
M: 0422 483 371
E: marcela.balart@suncorp.com.au

¹ Bingle commissioned an independent internet survey of 3,283 Australians, 18 years and over, across a full national sample in 2015. Data was collected in line with ISO 20252 – Market, Social and Opinion Research and has been weighted with current ABS population demographics to ensure any extrapolation of results is representative of age, sex and area.

² Bingle’s Cost of Motoring Index tracks and measures the ongoing costs faced by drivers including servicing, maintenance, petrol, insurance, fines and tolls. An independent survey was conducted in 2015 of 2000 owner drivers from across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The Index is underpinned by costs sourced from the Government and other third party data which has been weighted using the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics and census figures.

*Australian Bureau of Statistics, 9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2015