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16/05/2008

Modern cars are leaving UK motorists confused, with three-quarters admitting they would be unable to repair their car.

Nearly half of British motorists admit to having a poor or ‘non-existent’ understanding of modern car engines, with just one in 20 believing they have an excellent understanding.

Only 4% of motorists said they would feel confident enough to make major repairs if they were to break down with a further 18% only able to make basic repairs to their cars.

Not wanting to admit that they are beaten by modern cars and living up to common stereotypes, 71% of men say their knowledge of cars is average or above, despite them admitting they aren’t capable of fixing their car in the event of a breakdown. Men are also more reticent to admit a total lack of knowledge with only 10% acknowledging they know nothing about modern cars compared to 30% of women.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for Britannia Rescue, said: “There is little doubt that innovation has made driving a far more pleasurable experience, but it has made part-time weekend mechanics a thing of the past. With many cars relying on complex electronics or technology, many problems now require specialist equipment, as well as specialist knowledge, to get the problem fixed.

“This means it is even more vital that motorists take out breakdown cover, so if something does go wrong with their car they are able to get back on the road as easily and quickly as possible.”

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