New BCAA Survey – Tight finances are making BC drivers take better care of their vehicles and stick with them longer – Yahoo Finance | CarTailz

BURNABY, BC, November 22, 2022 /CNW/ – A new BCAA survey shows that the high cost of living is prompting BC drivers to keep their vehicles longer and invest more in maintenance and repairs.

According to Leger’s survey for BCAA, 70% of BC drivers say the high cost of living and economic uncertainty is causing them to keep and invest in their current vehicle much longer than planned, even when money is tight.

While 49% admit they have historically skipped recommended vehicle maintenance and repairs due to cost concerns, there is a reversal today as 83% say they cannot risk the cost of a breakdown and can do without their vehicle. Additionally, 93% agree that while maintaining a vehicle is expensive, it’s worth making the most of it.

Drivers are taking action, with 78% reporting they have already had their vehicles serviced for the winter season or expect to do so very soon.

Keith BerryRegional Manager for BCAA Auto Repair and Maintenance says the research at the BCAA Auto Service Centers is true Victoria, nanaimo, surrey and Kelowna, all reporting a significant jump in customers booking vehicle service appointments this year. “We meet people we haven’t seen in a long time and they tell us their days of skipping regular vehicle maintenance are over. The economic uncertainty appears to be a wake-up call that many drivers need to take care of and keep their vehicles reliable.”

In addition to the high risk of risking an unreliable vehicle, he points out that the cost of used cars has risen significantly and problems in the supply chain means it often takes longer to get a new one. “If you need to rely on your vehicle and keep it on the road, preventing problems through regular maintenance is the best way to do it.” Berry adds that in his experience, it’s possible to double the life of your vehicle by properly maintaining it.

What can happen when you don’t keep up with maintenance and repairs, BCAA’s Emergency Roadside Assistance team reports a recent increase in downtime. Jamming problems are often associated with poor maintenance and often lead to costly repairs and safety issues. Berry is hopeful that stallouts will decrease as more drivers commit to upping their game at vehicle maintenance and repairs.

BCAAs Keith Berry offers tips to get the most out of your vehicle:

  • Prioritize maintenance – Maintain regular oil changes, battery performance checks and proper inspections, as well as regular maintenance intervals for fluids and spark plugs. A nickel in prevention can save a dollar on repairs.

  • Reliable mechanic – Build a relationship with a trusted, warranty-approved mechanic who understands your vehicle’s history and will help you get the most of it over time.

  • Watch out and act – Don’t ignore any signs that something is wrong with your vehicle. Unusual noises, smells or the check engine light do not go away on their own. Address these issues immediately. Delays could cost you more.

About this poll
These results are based on an online survey of a representative sample of 1,002 adult British Columbians (including 783 motor vehicle owners) interviewed with Leger’s Panel, LEO October 28-31, 2022. Because this is a non-random internet survey, no margin of error is given. For comparison, a probability sample of n=1,002 would have a margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points, 19 out of 20. Any discrepancies between the totals are due to rounding.

About BCAAs
BCAA (British Columbia Automobile Association) is a purpose-driven, membership-based organization providing peace of mind for our members and customers across BC with proven protection and mobility solutions canada Most Trusted Brand in association with CAA (Canadian Automobile Association). With over a million members, BCAA serves 1 in 3 BC households with industry-leading products including home, auto, travel and small business insurance. Evo car share, Roadside Assistance and Full Auto Repair at BCAA Auto Service Centers throughout the province. BCAA also has a long history of keeping our streets safe and giving back in ways that improve the lives of British Columbians and communities across our province.

SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)

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