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Research from British Car Auctions reveals that 23% of drivers ahve ignored red warning lights, choosing to continue driving before addressing the problem as soon as possible. 


More than 50% of drivers said they would stop immediately and call for assistance. A minority (5.5%) said they would deal with it when they had time with some hoping it might just switch off of its own accord.

When it comes to amber advisory warnings, 36% of drivers said they had ignored dashboard warnings and did not respond to them with any urgency. More than half of respondents (59%) said they would continue driving if an advisory light appeared and address the problem later.

According to BCA’s latest research, it’s not just warning lights motorists are ignoring...


A third of drivers (35%) said if a service interval message came up on their dashboard they would not book a service for up to a month.  According to RCA, 28% had their car serviced every 18-2000km and 19% serviced their vehicles in line with manufacturer recommendations.

Sadly, 15% admitted that they have delayed or deferred repairs needed.

Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report, said: “If a dashboard light comes on, ignoring it now could lead to a substantial repair bill 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, in itself potentially dangerous.

“Putting off repairs or maintenance may postpone immediate motoring costs but 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, dings and scratches tend to worsen if not addressed quickly and could end up affecting the resale value of the car.”

Are you familiar with your dashboard warning lights? Are you diligent in servicing your vehicle or do you wait until it’s financially feasible to service your car? Email us and we’ll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.


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