Customers hate dealing with car repair garages more than any other trade, according to a new survey carried out by the UK’s leading warranty company, Warrantywise.
The results showed that repair garages now beat estate agents into first place, with plumbers taking the third spot on the podium of pain.
The survey of 1,320 people showed that customers felt baffled by technical jargon, so are worried about taking their car to a dealer or garage for fear of being ripped off.
The anguish was felt by both men and women, but a massive 78% of female respondents said they felt likely to be ripped off by a garage when their car went wrong, versus 62% of males.
The survey showed part of the issue is a lack of understanding of car components and a use of jargon which can confuse car owners. For example, 74% of respondents admitted they wouldn’t know what a common faulty part, such as a DPF* is and what it does in their car.
The image problem is even worse for franchised main dealers, with a massive 96% of customers saying they thought they would have to pay more if they took their car to the main dealer, rather than an independent garage. This is unsurprising, as Warrantywise data shows main dealer labor charges can top £230 per hour.
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said: “The motor industry thinks it offers a friendly, professional face to the public, but the truth is that most of the public is still petrified of being ripped off and bamboozled with jargon.
“We are seeing increasing amounts of customers who are buying warranties not just because they’re scared of big bills, but also because they want us to deal with the garages and take away the stress.”
Warrantywise is the UK’s best-used car warranty service and maintenance plan specialist. For more than 20 years it has been providing extended vehicle warranties for all makes and models, to private individuals and the country’s largest franchised and independent dealer groups. Warrantywise has recently begun offering extended warranties on domestic appliances.
*DPF = Diesel Particulate Filter; part of a car’s exhaust and emissions control system.
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