The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Why Motorists are Cutting Back on Servicing

The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Why Motorists are Cutting Back on Servicing 

In recent times, a growing cost-of-living crisis has put financial strain on individuals and families worldwide. As expenses continue to rise, many people find themselves making tough decisions about where to allocate their limited resources.

Unfortunately, one area that has seen a significant reduction in spending is vehicle servicing. This blog explores the reasons behind motorists cutting back on servicing amidst the cost-of-living crisis and the potential consequences they may face.

Deferred Maintenance 

Due to financial constraints, drivers may choose to delay or skip routine vehicle maintenance. Regular servicing, including oil changes, tire rotations, and brake inspections, is vital for keeping vehicles in optimal condition. Neglecting these necessary maintenance tasks can lead to more significant and costly repairs down the line. 

Safety Risks 

Cutting back on vehicle servicing can have serious safety implications. Regular maintenance helps identify and address potential issues before they escalate. Neglected brakes, worn-out tires, or faulty steering systems can compromise the safety of both the driver and other road users. By forgoing essential servicing, motorists not only jeopardise their own well-being but also increase the risk of accidents on the road. 

Decreased Resale Value 

Another consequence of neglecting vehicle servicing is a decline in resale value. Buyers are often cautious when purchasing a used car, and a well-documented service history adds value and reassurance. Without regular maintenance records, potential buyers may be hesitant to pay top price for a vehicle, leading to financial losses for the owner. 

Long-term Cost Increase 

While cutting back on vehicle servicing may provide temporary relief to strained budgets, it can lead to more significant expenses in the long run. Neglected maintenance often leads to premature wear and tear, decreased fuel efficiency, and major mechanical failures. These issues can result in expensive repairs that far outweigh the initial savings from skipping servicing appointments. 

While financial strain is understandable, it is crucial for motorists to prioritise regular maintenance to ensure the longevity, safety, and value of their vehicles. Seeking affordable alternatives, exploring service packages, or budgeting for routine maintenance can help mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis while safeguarding both personal finances and road safety.

Choosing a short-term lease for your vehicle is a safe and cost-effective option for a vehicle. Our short-term contracts for new vehicles are designed to avoid maintenance and servicing costs, and our short-term contracts for 12 months or less do include maintenance. Servicing of used cars for short-term lease will also be covered by Flexxilease. 

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