Motorists in Wales are among the luckiest in Britain for car reliability.
Despite the increasing reliability of vehicles, new research reveals that over a third of drivers (36%) have broken down in their current car.
A further 34% have experienced a breakdown in a previous car, meaning that only 30% of drivers have never suffered a vehicle failure.
The study for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, suggests that car problems will still be fresh in the mind of many drivers, as more than a quarter (26%) of those who broke down in their current car did so in the last six months – some 3.8million drivers.
Londoners appear to have the most unreliable cars, with 66% of drivers in the capital having broken down in their current car, almost twice the national average of 36%.
Either through good luck, or good car care, the least likely to have broken down in their current car are drivers in the East of England and Wales (21% of drivers in both regions).
As the nation moves back towards more normal travel patterns with easing of lockdown restrictions, the Kwik Fit research provides a timely warning to those commuting by car.
Almost a third of drivers (31%) experienced their most recent breakdown on a journey relating to work – either driving to or from work (22%) or travelling as part of their job (9%).
Battery failure is most common breakdown cause and the average cost of a typical repair for all issues is almost £300.