As the price of cars increases, Temuka Towing and Vehicle Recovery callouts drop - but owner Paul Darby is not upset.
He's happy not to be woken in the middle of the night and pleased fewer people are needing help.
In 2011 Mr Darby dealt with about 12 crashes and breakdowns over the two-week Christmas break. This time he had only three - one crash and two breakdowns.
He said people were more likely to get their cars repaired now that the price had increased due to import law changes.
From January 1, 2012, all imported cars had to have a stricter Euro 4 exhaust emission standard, to prove that evidence of the vehicle's rating can be costly. Non- compliant vehicles cannot be sold in EU (European Union) member states.
"People used to throw their cars away," Mr Darby said.
He uses the example of an owner with a $1500 car not prepared to get a cam belt fixed which would cost between $600 and $800.
"Since the change in import laws the price has gone up and it's worth fixing."
More people were likely to keep up the regular servicing of their cars now as well, he said.
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