Motorists consider true cost of Brexit 0

For UK motorists, Brexit has opened a can of worms. Inevitably, EU trade tariffs will see the cost of cars rise, along with service and repair bills, but many motorists also believe the UK’s departure from the EU will see a whole lot of other expenses increase in price.

A new survey by online car servicing provider, Servicing Stop, has laid bare the thoughts of motorists, following the vote in June last year. Unsurprisingly, more than 40% of drivers did say they think Britain leaving the EU will have an impact on their ordinary lives as drivers; increased production costs, expensive repairs and lack of skilled staff were cited as the primary reasons.

When asked about their views on British-made cars, a whopping 71% said they did not care where the car was made so long as they got a good price; 29% meanwhile said they would pay more for a car made on British soil.

72% of motorists said they would rather buy a cheaper, second-hand car than pay more for a new car if post Brexit tariffs saw a rise in the new car market.

The survey also showed that 70% of motorists think summer holidays are likely to be more expensive this year as a result of Brexit and perhaps surprisingly over a quarter (27%) of motorists admitted having thoughts about leaving the UK for good following the referendum in June last year.

CEO of Servicing Stop, Oly Richmond, said: “Motorists aren’t just thinking about the cost of their cars, fuel and repairs following Brexit. There are also a whole range of other motoring related expenses to consider. The cost of holidays for example? Will the two week trip abroad still be a realistic option in a post-Brexit UK? Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see how things play out but the survey reveals some interesting opinions being mulled over currently by the UK’s drivers.”

 

This was a guest blog by Servicing Stop PR Executive Jacqueline Gordon

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