Aftercare a priority for British motorists

British drivers spend an average £695 a year on car maintenance, according to a recent report.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) commissioned the research and found that millions of motorists regard aftercare as an essential part of car ownership.

Based on the £695 spent by motorists, this equates to a significant £21.1 billion spent in this market every year in the UK; just over 12 per cent above the global average.

There are more than 42,500 repair and service garages across the UK, which support more than 345,000 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion to the economy. By 2022, this figure is projected to reach £28 billion and employ around 400,000 people.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes explained: "The UK's aftermarket is one of the most competitive in the world and plays a critical role in keeping Britain's 30 million-plus cars roadworthy.

"Robust competition and a strong independent sector have helped reduce the cost of vehicle ownership in the UK and provide greater choice to consumers. "For this growth to be sustained, however, the sector must stay abreast of evolving vehicle technologies and changing mobility patterns."

Regular maintenance, MOTs, repair requirements and parts distribution are said to be key services, while the most common aftermarket parts British motorists snap up include tyres, brakes and batteries.

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