Young drivers more likely to skip servicing
Research undertaken by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has shown that younger drivers are more likely to miss taking their car for scheduled servicing and maintenance. This omission has a serious knock-on effect for subsequent owners, and more importantly road safety implications.
Around 2,000 drivers were asked about their attitude towards car maintenance, with ten per cent of motorists aged 18 to 24 saying that their car is never serviced.
Among 25 to 34 years old drivers this increases to 12 per cent of owners that fail to get their car maintained properly. Conversely, in the over 55 age bracket, just two per cent of motorists don’t bother with maintenance and for the 35 to 54 sector, this rises a little to five per cent.
By not bothering to get their cars properly maintained, owners run the risk of greater unreliability, as well as safety issues when items like brake pads and discs, as well as tyres wear out. The value of their car is also reduced, if the manufacturer’s recommended servicing requirements aren’t carried out.
With cars becoming ever more reliant on computer diagnostics and electronics, 57 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds were also unaware of the benefits of getting the latest software downloaded to their car. Upgrades can mean better fuel efficiency, as well as the rectification of glitches that will affect the wellbeing and running of the vehicle.
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “Most drivers are aware of the benefits of regular servicing, but a significant number of drivers are putting themselves at greater risk of an accident, breakdown or costly repair by not taking their cars to a dealership for servicing. A properly maintained car is not only more fuel-efficient, but will be safer and more reliable. Putting off service and repair work is a false economy with risks and costs outweighing short-term gains.”
To find out what the service intervals of your car are, drivers should check the owner’s handbook, or online at the manufacturer’s website.
BCA celebrates 100,000
Car auction experts BCA (British Car Auctions) is celebrating after selling more than 100,000 cars at a single auction site.
Its Blackbushe facility, at Blackwater, near Camberley in Surrey sold its 99,999th car on Thursday 13 December, with the 100,000th going under the hammer the following morning.
The Blackbushe site consists of three auction halls for cars and light commercial vehicles, and has an undercover viewing area that can accommodate more than 1,000 vehicles. Its vehicle preparation centre is the largest in Europe and can clean, polish and prepare up to 500 vehicles each day.
Officially opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent back in 1986, Blackbushe operates six days a week and, at its busiest, can sell a vehicle every 20 seconds.
Classic Routemaster up for grabs
It’s not often that we feature a bus in these pages, but as it has a diesel engine, it’s fair game.
This example bearing the registration plate LFF 875 is up for auction at a guide estimate of between £20,000 and £28,000.
It will be auctioned off on 23 February at the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire by Silverstone Auctions.
Originally registered on 10 August 1962, this red Leyland Routemaster double decker bus features a 9.8-litre diesel engine, has power steering and an automatic transmission and remained in service right up to 2003 when it was sold to a private collector.
The current owner has used it for historic vehicle displays and summer trips and it will be sold with a new MOT.
More information can be found about this special bus at www.silverstoneauctions.com
Nissan extends used car offer
Until the end of March, Nissan is offering two years’ free servicing with RAC pan-European breakdown cover on any used Nissan purchased through the company’s Cared4 used car programme, and bought using Nissan Finance through any of its UK dealer network.
Remember This – Peugeot 605
After the success of the 205 and 405, Peugeot turned its attention to the large car sector in 1989, unveiling a successor to the 604, which used the same basic platform and structure as the Citroën XM.
It also shared its engines and in the UK was available with a 107bhp 2.1-litre turbocharged diesel engine, paired to either a manual or automatic transmission.
In left-hand-drive markets, there was also a lower powered 80bhp 2.2-litre naturally aspirated diesel, and a 127bhp 2.5-litre turbodiesel unit too, but neither were offered here.
The 605 was designed by Pininfarina, like most Peugeot’s of that era, and it shared a family resemblance with the smaller 405, but also bore a likeness to one of Pininfarina’s other recent designs, the Alfa Romeo 164, but that was little more than coincidence and didn’t share any parts.
A luxurious cabin, high equipment levels, a good ride and entertaining handling marked the 605 out as one of the best cars to drive in the 1990s, and was facelifted in 1995 before being replaced by the 607 in 1999.
Today, just 72 examples are left in the UK in SLdt, SRdt and SVdt trim levels, including 40 automatic examples. Back then, the combination of an automatic transmission and diesel engine was sought after and quite rare.