Rising car costs: Save money on your motor with whocanfixmycar.com

Did you know that keeping a car on the road now costs more than insuring one? Save money on car servicing with comparison site whocanfixmycar.com today!

Keep costs to a minimum with a price comparison site

Soaring fuel prices, road tax, insurance, parking, road tolls and congestion charges are just some of the reasons why keeping a car today actually costs more than insuring it.

So it's of little surprise that we're now keeping our cars for longer to keep costs down - the average car on the road is now 7.7 years old - up from 6.7 in 2004.

But motorists are still losing out, as the older the car, the higher the cost of keeping it on the road, in fact we now spend 10% more on car maintenance than we do on fully-comprehensive insurance.

Factors that have influenced maintenance costs...

According to the AA , the average fully-comprehensive "shoparound" price today is just £504 - 30.8% lower than two years ago.

 

A. Our cars are older

According to the RAC, in 2011 a three to six-year-old car cost 51% more to maintain each year than a new one.

B. Hourly 'labour rates' have crept upwards

Labour rates as a whole have been increasing at 7.5% , well above the national rate of inflation, with an average hour of a mechanic's time now costing over £80.

C. A lack of car maintenance comparison sites

There are very few comparison sites for car and service maintenance, meaning consumers are losing out on finding the best deal.

In turn, this leads to uncertainty around garages' reputation, customer service levels and expertise, lack of pricing information available online and therefore less opportunity to assess and compare prices.

3 tips to keep your car running costs down...

www.whocanfixmycar.com is a comparison site for car servicing and maintenance

Follow these tips and you could quickly see savings on your car maintenance bills without having to compromise on convenience, customer service or quality.

1. Ask around...

There are plenty of great local garages out there, and friends and family can also provide an easy starting point for recommendations.

2. Use a comparison site

Aggregators such as WhoCanFixMyCar.com allow you to simply describe the work required, and have local garages quote you a price, giving a good overview of the market. You can also view the garages' recent reviews, so that you can book any work in complete confidence.

3. Look out for franchised dealers

Many franchises offer fixed-price servicing for cars over a certain age. They may be more affordable than you thought, and bring additional benefits, such as manufacturer-trained technicians and also have access to original parts.

 
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