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Kiwi drivers not caring for cars

Last updated 16:11 26/08/2014
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Kiwi drivers are neglecting the upkeep of their cars, a survey shows.

A survey of national car servicing chains by customer ratings firm Canstar Blue found that 45 per cent of the 337 respondents from around the country admitted to getting their car serviced less regularly to save money.

Forty per cent said they performed some basic car servicing at home.

Half of Auckland drivers are turning to DIY car service jobs to save money, and a quarter ignore their engine warning light.

Almost 60 per cent of Auckland respondents said they had their car serviced only when a specific problem needed to be resolved, compared with half of the drivers surveyed from around the country.

Canstar New Zealand general manager Derek Bonnar said Auckland drivers were most likely to pick up a spanner and become DIY mechanics.

Aucklanders were changing the oil, filters or air cleaners themselves to save money.

The incidence of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians ignoring their engine warning lights was on the rise from 2013, with a quarter not paying attention to alerts.

The survey found that 37 per cent of Aucklanders and 31 per cent of Wellingtonians never checked the oil level in their car, Bonnar said.

The finding that a third of New Zealanders believed modern cars did not need regular servicing was a concern, he said.

"It only takes a minute to check oil and engine fluid levels," he said. "In the long run, this could save car owners money on servicing."

A third of respondents from around the country said they got their car fixed only if it failed a warrant of fitness check.

CAR SERVICING BY REGION

Auckland

- Aucklanders are most likely to get their car fixed only if it fails a warrant of fitness check (38 per cent).

- They are most likely to take their car to get serviced when a specific problem needs to be resolved rather than based on the suggested kilometres between services (57 per cent).

- They are most likely to have performed some basic car servicing at home to save money (50 per cent).

- Aucklanders are most likely to want to do their own basic car servicing but don't know how (53 per cent).

- They are most likely to shop around for car services (57 per cent).

- They are most likely to never check the oil level in their car (37 per cent).

- They are equal most likely (with Wellington) to ignore their engine warning light (25 per cent).

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Waikato

- Waikato people are least likely to get their car serviced less regularly to save money (35 per cent).

- Least likely to take their car to be serviced when a specific problem needs to be resolved rather than based on the suggested kilometres between services (40 per cent).

- Least likely to have performed some basic car servicing at home to save money (33 per cent).

- Equal least likely (with Canterbury) to believe that modern cars don't need regular servicing (19 per cent).

- Equal least likely (with Canterbury) to shop around for car services (46 per cent).

Wellington

- Wellingtonians are most likely to get their cars serviced less regularly to save money (48 per cent).

- Most likely to think that modern cars don't need regular servicing (35 per cent).

- Equal most likely (with Auckland) to have ignored engine warning lights (25 per cent).

Canterbury

- Cantabrians are the least likely to get their car fixed only if it fails a warrant (20 per cent).

- Equal least likely (with Waikato) to not think that modern cars need regular servicing (19 per cent).

- Least likely to want to do their own basic car service but don't know how (34 per cent).

- Least likely to never check the oil level in their car (8 per cent).

- Least likely to ignore their engine warning lights (7 per cent).

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